In Jharkhand, 10 people have died in police custody since 2018 while 156 people in jail have lost their lives during judicial custody. In response to a question asked by Jagdambika Pal, MP from UP in the Lok Sabha, the Union Home Ministry has provided state-wise details of deaths in police and judicial custody across the country.
The central government has admitted that there has been no increase in the number of deaths in police or judicial custody. According to the data of the Union Home Ministry, in the year 2018-19 in Jharkhand, there were three deaths in police custody, while 64 deaths in judicial custody. At the same time, 2 people died in police custody and 43 in judicial custody in 2019-20, 5 in police custody and 49 in judicial custody in 2020-21. At the same time, 348 deaths in police custody and a total of 5221 people have lost their lives in judicial custody across the country.
Victims got help on the instructions of Human Rights Commission:
In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, it was told that on the directions of the National Human Rights Commission, a compensation amount of Rs 16 lakh has been given to the dependents of six people killed in police custody. At the same time, an assistance amount of 55 lakh 75 thousand has been given to the families of 24 people who died in judicial custody.
In the year 2021, 151 people died in police custody. There have been five deaths in Jharkhand this year.