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torture

see HUMAN RIGHTS.

TORTURE, punishments. A punishment inflicted in some countries on supposed criminals to induce them to confess their crimes, and to reveal their associates.
     2. This absurd and tyrannical practice never was in use in the United States; for no man is bound to accuse himself. An attempt to torture a person accused of crime, in order to extort a confession, is an indictable offence. 2 Tyler, 380. Vide Question.

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The Congress party also proposed to introduce a Prevention of Torture Act to prohibit the use of third-degree methods during custody or interrogation and punish cases of torture, brutality or other police excesses.
The deceased man had died after interrogation by the policemen, and the prosecution argument was that he died after being subjected to third-degree methods. The court also directed the state government to pay Rs200,000 to the mother of the deceased.
The CBI was also directed not to use third-degree methods during the questioning.