Custodial deaths in India - A toxic play against Muslims

Mounting levels of custodial deaths in India are alarming citizens and advocates alike. Experts say violations of laws against custodial torture are commonplace and that many police consider violence a legitimate tool.

In the last two decades, 1,888 custodial deaths have been reported across India, with 893 cases registered against police personnel, while a mere 358 police officers and justice officials were formally accused.

Just 26 policemen were convicted in this period, official records show.