Comments on: Will anti-torture law have the desired effect? http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/04/12/will-anti-torture-law-have-the-desired-effect/ Perspectives on South Asian politics Thu, 02 Jun 2016 08:03:22 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: da_bet http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/04/12/will-anti-torture-law-have-the-desired-effect/comment-page-1/#comment-13477 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:49:38 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2994#comment-13477 It won’t have any effect on the ground

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By: VipulTripathi http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/04/12/will-anti-torture-law-have-the-desired-effect/comment-page-1/#comment-13476 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 13:32:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2994#comment-13476 I think we need the law on statute books regardless of its effectiveness because we boast of being a democracy. Bragging rights don’t come for free!

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By: DaraIndia http://blogs.reuters.com/india/2010/04/12/will-anti-torture-law-have-the-desired-effect/comment-page-1/#comment-13474 Mon, 12 Apr 2010 11:53:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/india/?p=2994#comment-13474 To contend that because of recent reverses, this is an inopportune time for an anti torture law, seems to suggest that its ok to have it as long as it may not be necessary to use it! The recent reverses in no way negate the fact that police brutality in interrogations is rampant and that innocents are often forced to make confessions just to evade more pain.

That torture should be banned in any and every civilized country cannot be argued against. It is not a matter of convenience, but proof of being a State that believes in equitable juatice. I am with the activists on this one.

Whether it will have the desired result, is not a criteria. That depends entirely on how it is implemented. In India that is a major problem with every law. Just because traffic police prefer not to enforce or implement the helmet or seat belt law does not justify that the law be scrapped or that it is not for the benefit of society. Law and its proper implementation is not a matter of convenience but a necessity for a civilised society.

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