Glasgow 2014 Media Briefing - India

India: the world’s largest democracy must ensure human rights protections for all

'The world’s largest democracy is failing to protect and uphold the human rights of its people with laws which provide impunity to its security personnel to carry out grave violations including extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, rape and torture. Violence against women is still widespread and pervasive, with new laws following the 2012 Delhi gang rape, not implemented.

Women from marginalised communities, especially Dalit and Adivasi women, face multiple levels of discrimination and violence. Members of dominant castes are known to use sexual violence against Dalit women and girls as a political tool for punishment, humiliation and assertion of power.

Whilst progress has been made with the recognition of rights for prisoners on death row, the country took a step backwards when a ruling de-criminalising homosexuality was overturned by the country’s Supreme Court.'

Siobhan Reardon – Programme Director, Amnesty International Scotland

Amnesty spokesperson available throughout the Games with daily briefings.

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Glasgow 2014 Media Briefing - India