The Allahabad High Court has granted protection from harassment to a same-sex couple who have been staying in a live-in relationship for a long time now, but were facing resistance from their families and society on account of their sexual orientation.
The Supreme Court, while upholding the order of a disciplinary Committee dismissing a police constable who was acquitted in a murder case, said: “Acquittal in a criminal trial does not conclude a disciplinary enquiry.”
The Uttar Pradesh Police has registered 21 FIRs across the state in the aftermath of the alleged gang rape and death of a 19-year-old woman in Hathras. The FIRs have been filed against charges such as defaming the government, inciting communal tension, sedition, promoting enmity, and criminal conspiracy.
The Kerala High Court has observed that police officials should not reveal facts learned through investigation in criminal cases to the media. The court was hearing an appeal filed by an accused in the murder of diamond merchant Harihara Varma in 2012.
Recent custodial deaths show that despite the laws of arrest being stringent in India, there are few safeguards like abroad. An effective legal system, education and good pay could mitigate police violence