INDIA: Blinding Justice

Bizarre police brutality

Salig Ram Saha, 17, the son of a goldsmith, had just collected 800 rupees (about $100) from one of his father's customers, when he ran into the police dragnet. In the crime-ridden state of Bihar, police assumed that the young man had stolen the cash. They took him to the Rajon police station. When he would not confess, they pinned him down to the floor and punctured his eyes with needles. Then corrosive acid was poured into the bleeding sockets. Saha, whose eyelids are completely fused shut, is one of at least 30 people who have been blinded...

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