P Jeyaraj, 62, and his son J Fennix, 32, died of alleged custodial torture in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. The father-son duo was taken into custody by the Sathankulam police on June 19. The police interrogated Jeyaraj and Bennix for violating lockdown norms as they alleged that the duo kept their mobile shop open beyond the deadline of 7 pm.

According to media reports, Jeyaraj and Bennix were brutally thrashed, tortured and sexually assaulted by the police while in custody. The reports add that the cops inserted metal objects into one of the victims’ rectum as per eyewitnesses’ accounts.

Fennix died at Kovilpatti General Hospital on June 22, followed by his father Jayaraj’s death on June 23rd.

The incident has created a storm on social media, from politicians to actors, all condemning the act of police brutality.

The Madras High Court has sought a report from the Tamil Nadu police. The investigation is on and four police officers have been suspended with the transfer of an inspector.

Before we reach the conclusion, here’s what a study says on the reality of police brutality in India:

The study, titled ‘India: Annual Report on Torture 2019’, recorded with the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, claims that a total of 1,731 custodial deaths were reported in India in 2019.

On average, the last year saw almost five such deaths daily with 1,606 of the deaths in judicial custody and 125 in police custody.

“Out of the 125 deaths in police custody, Uttar Pradesh topped with 14 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu and Punjab with 11 deaths each and Bihar with 10 deaths,” reads the report published by the National Campaign Against Torture (NCAT).

“Torture methods used in 2019 included hammering iron nails in the body (Gufran Alam and Taslim Ansari of Bihar), applying roller on legs and burning (Rizwan Asad Pandit of Jammu and Kashmir), ‘falanga’ wherein the soles of the feet are beaten (Rajkumar of Kerala), stretching legs apart in opposite side (Rajkumar of Kerala), and hitting in private parts (Brijpal Maurya and Lina Narjinari of Haryana),” NCAT director Paritosh Chakma said in a statement.