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POLICING IN A DEMOCRACY:

THE INDIAN STATE’S PROBLEM WITH CUSTODIAL TORTURE

A SOLIDARITY ACROSS DISTANCES LECTURE

Sunday, July 19, 2020, 8:30PM IST/11AM EDT (USA)/ 8AM PDT (USA) 

JINEE LOKANEETA

Professor and Chair of Political Science and International Relations, Drew University

Custodial torture and deaths have been in the Indian news due to the horrific accounts of police torture on Jayaraj and Bennix that led to their deaths in Sathankulam, Tamil Nadu. The Madras High Court’s intervention has led to the arrest of the police allegedly involved in the case. These protests and outrage even during a pandemic certainly led to the attention on this case.

In this talk, drawing upon her field research on custodial torture, policing and interrogations in India, Prof. Jinee Lokaneeta contextualizes the recent events in Tamil Nadu by focusing on the long history of custodial torture and deaths in India.

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Jinee Lokaneeta’s areas of interest include law and violence, political theory including critical and feminist theory, global human rights, and interdisciplinary legal studies.

She is the author of Transnational Torture: Law, Violence, and State Power in the United States and India (2011) and co- editor, with Nivedita Menon and Sadhna Arya, of Feminist Politics: Struggles and Issues (2000).

Her latest book is titled The Truth Machines: Policing, Violence and Scientific Interrogations in India (University of Michigan Press, 2020) that theorizes the relationship between state power and legal violence by focusing on the intersection of law, science and policing though a study of forensic techniques. She has published in journals such as Economic and Political Weekly, Law, Culture and the Humanities, Studies in Law, Politics & Society and Theory & Event. 

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