What happened on June 19? The death of a father and his son, victims of police tortures according to their family after their arrest, sparked in India a wave of indignation against the brutality of the police, some making the parallel with the murder in the States -United by George Floyd.
J. Jayaraj, 58, and Bennicks Immanuel, 31, were arrested on June 19 in southern Tamil Nadu state, accused of leaving their business open after legal time, despite the confinement in force. linked to the coronavirus pandemic. They died a few days later in hospital, according to official sources. Their families accuse the police of assaulting them and say they suffered from rectal bleeding. Two police officers involved in their arrest have been suspended, according to the state government.
"We demand the same justice as we did for George Floyd"
The death of the two men in the small town of Sathankulam sparked a protest in the state, where shopkeepers went on strike on Wednesday. "The culprits must not go unpunished," Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra Jonas tweeted on Saturday. "We demand the same justice as we did for George Floyd," said actress Krystle D’souza. Lawyer and activist Jignesh Mevani wrote that "George Floyd of India is far too many."
46-year-old African-American George Floyd was killed by a white policeman in Minneapolis on May 25, sparking riots in the United States and international outrage. According to a report by the National Human Rights Commission, 3,146 people died on Indian police premises in 2017-18. According to the same source, the police often say it is a suicide or a natural death.
"Violence and torture in police stations (…) have become almost routine," accuses the organization. Human rights activists say police convictions are extremely rare.