IAMC Weekly News Digest, 11 September 2020


“Policemen sat on their chests, burnt their genitals with lighter,” lawyer recounts horrific custodial torture by Palakkad police of 2 Muslim youth

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On the evening of 24 August, Palakkad North Division police turned up at the house of two brothers, Abdurrahman (18) and Bilal (20), to question them in connection with a physical assault attempt on an RSS worker.… “They were unaware of this assault incident and continuously asserted their innocence to the police”, said their lawyer Advocate Mohammad Rashid.… “A group of ten police officers started by beating both the youths on their feet. They were tied up and 150-200 lashes were inflicted on them. They stood on his thighs and beat them on the head,” he said. He continued to describe how the violence escalated. “Then, two police officers sat on their chests while the others used a cigarette lighter to burn their genitals. They even sprayed their private parts with pepper spray,” he said.…

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Noida: Cab driver killed, son says told to chant Jai Shri Ram by accused

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A 45-year-old cab driver was killed, allegedly by two men who boarded his vehicle, with his family alleging they forced him to chant Jai Shri Ram before his death – a claim denied by Noida Police.… The victim’s son alleged that he recorded his father’s last call, made minutes before his death, in which the accused can be heard asking Aftab to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.… A clip is going viral in which the accused can be heard asking someone to chant ‘Jai Shri Ram’.…

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Caught On Camera: Dalit Man Beaten To Death Over Rumour That He Sold His Daughter

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A 45-year-old Dalit man died in a Uttar Pradesh hospital on Sunday after he was beaten by a group of five men at his home in Mainpuri, allegedly over rumours. The brutal incident was caught on camera. A video shared by Samajwadi Party on its Twitter handle shows a group of five men assaulting Sarvesh Diwakar on the terrace of his rented house. Even though Diwakar pleads for mercy, the attackers beat him till he falls on the ground, unconscious. While the Samajwadi Party in the tweet said the attackers belonged to right-wing group Bajrang Dal, the police refuted the claim and said those arrested do not have any political affiliation.…

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“Policemen sat on their chests, burnt their genitals with lighter,” lawyer recounts horrific custodial torture by Palakkad police of 2 Muslim youth

Noida: Cab driver killed, son says told to chant Jai Shri Ram by accused

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Government suspends FCRA clearance of 4 Christian groups

Caught On Camera: Dalit Man Beaten To Death Over Rumour That He Sold His Daughter

Opinion

‘I’m in Trouble Because I Dared to Speak the Truth’: Indian Doctor Arrested Under Anti-Terror Law Speaks Out After Release – By Valay Singh

With Freedom at Stake, Courts Are Collapsing – By Madhav Khosla

Will Facebook Ban Hate Speech From India’s Ruling Party? – By Sadanand Dhume

It’s not a newsroom, it’s a durbar’: Inside the Republic of Arnab Goswami – By Manisha Pande

29 Years In RSS, 8 In BJP, This Man Quit Both Because Of Their Trolls – By Piyasree Dasgupta

India is still trampling on civil liberties in Kashmir – Editorial

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