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Extra-judicial Killings

A.G. Noorani and South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre

in Challenges to Civil Rights Guarantees in India

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780198074144
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199080823 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198074144.003.0002
Extra-judicial Killings

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Since the 1990s, extra-judicial killings have become prevalent as a means to combat crime and terrorism in India. This chapter shows that official and unofficial policies, both within the police and security forces and within the government and judiciary, are largely responsible for the prevalence of extra-judicial killings, also known as encounter killings, in India. It also argues that encounter killings are a violation of fundamental rights afforded by domestic and international law. After providing a historical overview of encounter killings, along with the broader media and cultural response, the chapter looks at the factors within the judicial system that appear to promote encounter killings. Finally, it examines the legality of encounter killings in relation to Indian domestic and international law.

Keywords: extra-judicial killings; encounter killings; police; judiciary; legality; domestic law; international law

Chapter.  12662 words. 

Subjects: Human Rights and Immigration

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