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D.K. Basu Case

  • 01 Feb 2024
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The Supreme Court expressed its oral observations on the 2022 incident in Gujarat where four police officers were involved in publicly flogging an individual who was tied to a pole, accusing him of disrupting a garba event.

  • SC questioned the authority of the officers to engage in such acts, emphasising the 1996 D.K. Basu judgment against police abuse.
  • The D.K. Basu judgment addressed that while the police have the legal duty to arrest and interrogate criminals, the law strictly prohibits the use of third-degree methods or torture during custody.
    • Third degree method originally referred to the physical brutality used by police officers during interrogations, but over time, it has come to encompass various forms of abuse, including psychological pressure, sleep deprivation, and other forms of mistreatment.

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