Custodial violence is an unfortunate reality. This is a worldwide phenomenon inflicted
upon individuals irrespective of age, sex or state of health. It is a threat to human
dignity and human rights. It springs out of the perverse desire to cause undue sufferings
when there is no possibility of retaliation.
The book, through its seven chapters, discusses the development of law and safeguards
against custodial torture in correctional homes, starting from ancient period till today.
The work elaborately deals with the types of custody, kinds of prisons, rights of
prisoners, protection of vulnerable groups, women and insane prisoners against custodial
violence, protection of prisoners against custodial rape, custodial death and fake
encounters. It also provides the National Human Rights Commission's guidelines on arrest
and encounter killings.
The present work has made an effort to deal with the intricacies of law, enforcement
difficulties, remedies and suggestions available as regards to custody jurisprudence in
India. Remedies like speedy trial, bail for undertrials, free legal aid for indigent
persons, Public Interest Litigation and Compensation for victims of custodial violence are
thoroughly dealt with. A separate chapter relating to prevention of use of third degree
methods and provisions of rehabilitation to the tortured victims has been provided.
The book adopts a complete and contemporary approach to the study relating to prison
administration, area of custodial violence, international legal frameworks and domestic
laws relating to rights of prisoners, critical analysis of relevant Apex Court judgments,
guidelines and procedural remedies and safeguards in this area.