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India: Archana Guha: 16 years awaiting justice: the lack of speedy and effective redress mechanisms for torture victims

, Index number: ASA 20/008/1994

On 8 February 1994 the Supreme Court of India expressed concern about the way in which police officers accused of torturing Archana Guha in 1974 had been able to abuse the legal system by repeatedly seeking the higher courts' interference to delay judicial proceedings at the lower courts. Archana Guha, then headmistress of a junior school in Calcutta, was arrested on 17 July 1994 and tortured over the next 27 days. The torture caused paralysis of her legs; she is now able to walk with difficulty after prolonged medical treatment. Nearly 16 years later, her torturers have still not been brought to justice.

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