Human Rights Are Still An Issue In A Growing India

The most significant problems regarding human rights in India are caused by security forces and police. These include rape, torture and murder. The United States Government states the governments showing a lack of accountability for these actions.

A report showed the corruption is also responsible for an ineffective response to crimes committed against children, women, religions, castes and tribal affiliations. Other problems include arbitrary arrests, hazardous conditions in prisons and disappearances.

The report documented terrorism has claimed the lives of 324 insurgents or terrorists, 114 security personnel and 145 civilians on the last year. More than 90 individuals were killed during extremely violent protests in Kashmir and Jammu after Hizb-ul-Mujahideen was killed. The Indian police were responsible for the deaths of 104 individuals who were alleged insurgents or criminals.

The report of the United States state department reported the indiscriminate use of shotguns in Kashmir and Jammu resulted in the deaths of an additional 87 civilians. Thousands more people including children were blinded. The report showed children ages six to twelve are being used by insurgent groups as bomb couriers and in intelligence gathering and combat roles.

Authorities have invoked laws prohibiting the harming of any religious sentiments or provoking enmity. This has placed restrictions on the distribution and publication of books, broadcast media and print media.

The arrest of journalist Prabhat Singh in March was cited. The police allegedly shared critical messages from the state police. The police also arrested Deepak Jaiswal for inquires made into the Prabhat Singh case. A second investigation was launched by the CBI of Anand and Setalvad for allegedly misusing foreign donor grants. Their interim bail was extended by the Supreme Court. The authorities filed the case as retaliation for the work they did on the victim’s behalf in the 2002 Guharat riots.