Active private torture cells shocking*: HRCP

Friday 29 October 2004

LAHORE: Reports that one man died recently at a private torture cell in the city, proves that the state has failed in stopping human rights violations, according to a statement by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).

Tahir Mohammad Khan, the HRCP chairperson, and Hina Jilani, the general secretary, said on Wednesday that if such terrible crimes were taking place in the Punjab capital, the situation in smaller towns and rural areas could easily be imagined. A HRCP fact-finding team visited the Naulakha area where two brothers, Farman and Rizwan, who were detained at a private torture cell by a thug called Wasim Teipna.

Farman died as result of torture, while Rizwan suffered severe injuries. The team learnt that Farman and Rizwan had been detained by Tepna, an alleged criminal involved in dozens of cases. Waseem Teipna wanted the two brothers confess to the crime, as he wanted to protect the people who had committed the crime.

Tepna fled while his brother and two alleged accomplices have been arrested. The statement said that it was ironic that on the one hand the police had failed in busting the private cells, and on other hand it had established its own torture cells at private premises.

The HRCP demanded that law enforcing agencies and individuals found involved in running torture cells be penalised.

“A government that tolerates torture in any form loses its right to rule,” the statement concluded.

Staff Report
Daily Times:October 29, 2004

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