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It said by ratifying the UN convention it would tide over difficulties in extraditing criminals from foreign countries which is often problematic due to the absence of a law preventing harsh treatment by authorities.
The report said the Criminal Procedure Code, 1973, and the Indian Evidence Act, 1872, require amendments to accommodate provisions regarding compensation and burden of proof. It also recommended an amendment to section 357B to incorporate payment of compensation, in addition to the payment of fine provided in the Indian Penal Code.
Referring to compensation to victims, it said the courts would decide upon a “justiciable compensation“ after taking into account various facets of an individual’s case, such as nature, purpose, extent and manner of injury , including mental agony caused to the victim. The report also said an effective mechanism must be put in place to protect victims of torture and witnesses against possible threats, violence or ill treatment.