Advocacy Forum-Nepal (AF) has published a report on torture/ill-treatment of detainees in police custody presenting an analysis of data collected from detainees in police custody and Child Correction Homes (CCHs) in 2019.
19.8% of the detainees interviewed (1,005 detainees) reported torture or other ill-treatment, a decrease from 23.5% in the 2018 report. The number, however, is higher among juveniles and women with 24.5 percent and 26.23, respectively.
It also found out a gender variable in the trend of torture with women being subjected to torture more than men. 26.32% of women (in contrast to 19.8 for male detainees) reported being subjected to some forms of torture/ill-treatment.
Despite the right against torture guaranteed as a fundamental right under Article 22 of the Constitution of Nepal, AF has found a continuing prevalence of ill-treatment/torture of detainees at the hands of the police.
AF has been continuously monitoring detention centres to deter use of torture/ill-treatment on those whose safety and wellbeing depends on the arresting authority since its inception in 2001.