Maharashtra has witnessed two custody deaths in Mumbai and Ahmadnagar recently. The National Crime Record Bureau reported that the state has had a total of 333 custodial deaths from 1991 to 2003, and yet no police officer has been convicted for any of the deaths till date. Maharashtra has the dubious distinction of topping the states recording highest number of deaths in police and judicial custodies.
It requires no evidence to prove that all the victims of these deaths were from socially and economically marginalised sections of society. The social nature of the phenomenon of victimising the socially vulnerable has been recognised time and again by the apex court and the Law Commission reports.