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Monday, April 12, 2021

Jayaraj and Bennicks Case: There is an urgent need for police reform.

As much as the United States and Hong Kong, police brutality is an issue that has plagued India. The CBI concluded that the father and son duo, Jayaraj, and Bennicks were tortured for six hours by the policemen, which has led to a social media storm. They were arrested and tortured because they had kept their mobile phone shop open for an extra fifteen minutes beyond curfew.

They both were arrested on June 19. Jayaraj was taken away by the police and his son later reached the police station for his father, and he was arrested too. They were subjected to several rounds of brutal torture with intervals between 07:45 PM and 03:00 AM, said the CBI charge sheet.

They were beaten brutally that there was blood spatter on the walls of the police station cells, the forensics evidence revealed. According to the post mortem report the policemen used sticks to beat and torture the two men. Blunt injuries were the reason which led to the death of Bennicks.

According to the NDTV, there was no violation of the lockdown guidelines, but a false FIR was registered against the father-son duo to cover up the crime. “Results of Laboratory Analysis” report was submitted to the Madras High Court by the CBI, in which it mentioned that the DNA samples of the blood spatter collected were of the father and son.

Ten police officials were arrested in this case out of which one died in August due to COVID-19. The observation of the Madras High Court in July stated that there was solid evidence to charge policemen with murder. After a massive public and social media outrage regarding this, the state government transferred the case to the CBI after being approved by the Madras High Court on June 29.

Citizens should not be afraid of their own police, the police which is meant to protect, the reason why they wear the uniform, are turning against the very people they serve. This damages the credibility of the entire force collectively. Charging the guilty officers of their crime and bringing justice might be a good first step along with the long-term that structurally addresses this issue.

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