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Dabangg 2 Promotes Torture and Ill TreatmentWilliam Gomes Salem-News.com
India is a signer of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT).
(YORK, UK) - As activists labor against long odds to expose the government of India for routine torture, we learn that Bollywood could teach Hollywood a lesson on immorality.
Tinsel town has a bad reputation, but the casting of one of India's most well known actors as a policeman who uses torture and encourages other law enforcement officers to do the same, is reprehensible.
As William Gomes points out in his letter to National Human Rights Commission members in New Delhi, the new Bollywood action film “Dabangg 2”, directed and produced by Arbaaz Khan under the banner of Arbaaz Khan Productions, sets a society fighting for positive change, back several steps.
The fact that India has signed the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) while tortures continues unabated as a regular practice, should be a guiding light as to what this government should expect from those who wear a badge.
“Dabangg 2” causes significant damage by destroying credibility and public faith in the rule of law and in the criminal justice system of the People’s Republic of India by encouraging torture and ill-treatment.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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