New Delhi: A day after Supreme Court issued notice to UP government in connection with the detention of a ten-year-old rape victim by police in Bulandshahr, another shocking incident has revealed the ugly face of Uttar Pradesh Police.

After Bulandshahr, the Lucknow Police allegedly ‘tortured’ a five-year-old boy by subjecting him to electric shocks.
Desperately looking for an image makeover, the Uttar Pradesh Police suffered a major setback after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday issued a notice for the shameful incident.

"The NHRC has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report that in an alleged case of theft, a five-year-old boy was severely tortured by police in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh," said a statement from the NHRC.

It added "the boy, a student of Class 1, was picked up by police personnel on February 2 in Lucknow and was subjected to severe torture, including electric shocks to his ears".

The victim had injuries behind his ears when he was presented before the Juvenile Justice Board. However, police denied the allegations and said that the victim was beaten up by people before being handed over to them. The Juvenile Justice Board has ordered the boy's immediate release on bail.

The NHRC observed that the media reports, if true, raise a serious issue of violation of human rights. It has issued a notice to the senior superintendent of police, Lucknow, to submit a report within four weeks.

The torture to the boy is a grim reminder of Monday incident in which a 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped, was thrown into a lockup in Bulandshahr.


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