Jatinder Kaur Tur & Mandeep Punia: Dalit activist Shiv Kumar's medical report describes illegal detention, torture and PTSD / Chitleen K Sethi: Nodeep Kaur gets bail, medical report shows bruises caused by blunt object
A medico-legal examination submitted to the Punjab and Haryana High Court on 22 February found that Shiv Kumar, a Dalit labour-rights activist and president of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, faced severe custodial torture at the hands of the Haryana Police. The court had directed a medical examination in a plea by Kumar’s father, Rajbir, which accused the police of illegally detaining the activist on 16 January, when he was participating in the farmers’ protests in the state’s Sonipat city. The report which was conducted by experts from Chandigarh Government Medical College and Hospital found the Shiv Kumar had multiple fractures, broken nail beds, several injuries and psychiatric symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Rajbir’s petition sought an independent investigation into his son’s detention and custodial torture. Only on 20 February, over a month after his detention and while undergoing his medical examination in Chandigarh, was Kumar allowed to meet his family or Harinder Deep Singh Bains, his lawyer. Rajbir told me that the police did not allow the family to meet Kumar before this to hide the fact that he had faced severe torture. Kumar was formally arrested on 23 January, on the basis of three different first information reports that also name Naudeep Kaur, another MAS activist who was arrested, and has accused the police of custodial violence. Kumar’s family found out about his arrest only on 31 January…
Labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur, who was granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana High Court Friday, seems to have been beaten up in custody by the Haryana Police following her arrest on 12 January, according to a medical report submitted to the court Friday.
Doctors who examined her at Sonepat Civil Hospital on 25 January, 13 days after her arrest, found bruises on various parts of her body. The medical report, a copy of which has been accessed by ThePrint, added that the injuries are simple in nature and caused by a blunt object or weapon. It says Nodeep has “purplish bruises” of around 10 cm by 7 cm over her left thigh, and of about 5 cm by 6cm on her back.
Nodeep was arrested from the Kundli Industrial Area on 12 January following an altercation between members of the Mazdoor Adhikar Sangathan, of which she is a member, and a ‘quick response team’ that factory owners employ. The charges against her included attempt to murder, assault and extortion.
Wednesday, the high court had taken on record a medical examination report of Nodeep’s associate Shiv Kumar, president of the MAS, who too was arrested by the police on the same charges some days after Nodeep’s arrest. His medical examination had pointed towards the possibility of brutal torture in police custody…