Lithika Shivani M & Karthi Thiagarajan, Students at SASTRA Deemed-To-Be University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu
The universal philosophy of police officers is to promote the integrity of the state and the health & well-being of the people. Unfortunately, the ideology has turned amiss over the past few decades where patterns of police officers, the unsung ‘heroes’, the admired uniformed crime-fighters, are often regarded as authoritarians filled with oppression who dictate tyranny.
This is a work of research constructed to provide an overview of police brutality, and its history, along with identifying its scope and tracing a timeline of legislations/judicial pronouncements that attempt to check such offences. It endeavours to raise questions about cases of misconduct in specific situations such as curfew & custody and formulate remedies available to the public who fall victims to such outrage. This paper is a comprehensive study on the phenomenon of police brutality specifically in the Indian context.
"No one should have to live in fear of those sworn to protect them.
- Amnesty International