Fri, 25 May 2012 03:40:57 GMT

US spotlights government corruption in India

Washington: The US state department has highlighted "widespread corruption at all levels of government" and separatist, insurgent and societal violence among the most significant human rights problems in India.

US spotlights government corruption in India

"Widespread impunity at all levels of government remained a serious problem," said the department's annual report on human rights released by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton here Thursday.

"Investigations into individual cases and legal punishment for perpetrators occurred, but in many cases a lack of accountability due to weak law enforcement, a lack of trained police, and an overburdened court system created an atmosphere of impunity," the report noted.

Other highlighted problems included police and security force abuses, including extrajudicial killings, torture and rape.

Also listed were disappearances, poor prison conditions that were frequently life threatening, arbitrary arrest and detention and lengthy pre-trial detention.

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