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Crimes of Habit: A Report on Custodial Torture in Vijay Vihar Police Station

22 Apr 2014

On 10 July 2013 a leading news channel Aaj Tak telecast a video clip which showed several young boys describing their experience of custodial torture by policemen of the Vijay Vihar Police Station in outer Delhi. The incident had occurred between 26 and 28 March 2013. The story was leaked to the media in July 2013 by one of the constables posted there. The news was later reported in various newspapers including the Times of India, Outlook, The Statesman, DNA, Daily Mail and Zee News.

PUDR began its investigation into the case thereafter. To understand and intervene in this incident PUDR visited the Vijay Vihar Police Station (PS), and met policemen involved, the officials of the Juvenile Justice Board at Delhi Gate, some of the victims and their families, and the journalists who had highlighted the case. The following report is based on our fact finding investigation.

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