Amid the ongoing deadly anti-hijab protests in Iran, at least 31 civilians have been killed in a crackdown by security forces. Reportedly, protests are taking place across 30 cities and other urban centres. Meanwhile, mass arrests are taking place, to control the wide protests. Iran is witnessing massive protests following the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini who was in police custody for violating the dress code and hijab rules.
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United Nations experts have strongly condemned the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini. Mahsa Amini was allegedly killed in police custody in Iran for wearing an “improper hijab” and failing to comply with Iran’s strict rules on women’s dress. UN also said that the officials need to be held accountable for the death of Amini. “She is another victim of Iran’s sustained repression and systematic discrimination against women,” said experts.
In connection to the Gujarat riots case, Ahmedabad police's crime branch arrested ex-IPS officer Sanjiv Bhatt on July 13. Reportedly, Bhatt has been accused for embezzling funds and forging documents. Following the arrest, Bhatt was arrested on a transfers warrant, and has been taken over from Banaskantha jail. In 2019, Bhatt was sentenced to lifetime imprisonment in a 1990 custodial death case.
Residences of five families that were allegedly involved in setting fire to a police station, have been demolished by the Assam's Nagaon administration, on May 22. The demolition has come after a mob allegedly set fire to Batadrava police station after Safiqul Islam was killed in police custody. Reportedly, two police personnel was injured in the mob attack. Furthermore, officer in charge of the station during Islam's death is suspended.
Vinod, brother of V Vignesh (25) who died in police custody on April 19, said that the police offered him and his family Rs 1 lakh, as bribe to remain silent about the incident. He said that they weren't allowed to see Vignesh's body after post-mortem. "There were wounds on my brother's body," said Vinod. Reportedly, Vignesh and his friends were arrested for possession of drugs in Chennai's Kellys area.
National Human Rights Commission’s report revealed that out of the total custodial deaths during 1996-97 to 2017-18, around 71.58% of the deceased were either poor or came from marginalized section. The study was conducted by the New Delhi-based National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT) team. Certain communities such as the Chakma and Hajong community of Arunachal Pradesh, a descendent of East Pakistan, face serious discriminations.
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