'George Floyds Of India': Outrage Mounts Over Police Custody Deaths
Muhammad Irfan 1 year ago Sun 28th June 2020 | 05:50 PM
New Delhi, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 28th Jun, 2020 ) :The deaths of a father and son from alleged torture at the hands of police have sparked outrage across India, with many drawing parallels with the killing of George Floyd in the United States.
J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31, were arrested on June 19 and accused of keeping their store open past permitted hours in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which has reimposed a lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Two policemen involved in the alleged torture were suspended, the state's Chief Minister Edappadi Palaniswami said.
The deaths in the small town of Sathankulam triggered a protest last week and shopkeepers across Tamil Nadu staged a strike on Wednesday.
"Will Indians march on streets in thousands like in America?" he tweeted.
"Custodial violence and torture is so rampant in India that it has become almost routine," it said in a report.
"It represents the worst form of excesses by public servants entrusted with the duty of law enforcement."Convictions in such cases are extremely rare, according to activists.