Uttar Pradesh police detained 41 children during CAA protests, some were tortured, says citizens’ report | Scroll
Topics: Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) | Uttar Pradesh
The police violated India’s laws and international conventions, according to civil society fact-finding investigations in Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar and Firozabad. – Scroll
The death of a four-month-old baby on January 30 after his parents took him to protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in New Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area triggered outrage, and even attracted the attention of the Supreme Court. However, the plight of 41 children who were detained by the Uttar Pradesh Police early in December has largely been ignored, even as some allege they were tortured in custody.
As protests erupted in 24 districts in Uttar Pradesh shortly after India’s citizenship law was amended on December 12, the police responded with brutality. The police did not even show any restraint when acting against children, according to a study by three civil society organisations. This was particularly acute in the districts of Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor, both districts with a population that is more than 40% Muslim and with a high concentration of minority institutions where children from across the country were studying.