Pressure Beginning To Mount On UK Government To Act On Jaggi Johals Behalf

By 22nd March 2018 0 Comments


The plight of a Dumbarton man detained in India amidst torture allegations has been raised in the House of Commons.
Jagtar Singh Johal, known as ‘Jaggi’, has now been imprisoned for more than four months — with concerns raised that he has been subject to abuse, mistreatment and physical torture.
The 31-year-old, who went to Our Lady and St Patrick’s High School, has had no charges brought against him.
This week, West Dunbartonshire MP Martin Docherty-Hughes is mounting pressure on Westminster to lobby the Indian Government for answers on the torture claims.In November, UK minister Rory Stewart said “extreme action” would be taken if the torture allegations were proven to be true.

He met Jagtar’s desperate family last month to mark 100 days since his detention.
The MP raised the case in the House of Commons during a parliamentary debate on British nationals imprisoned abroad.
A Westminster Hall debate brought forward by Preet Gill MP highlighted Jagtar’s case as an example of the need for the UK Government to do more to protect British citizens detained abroad.
It also follows publication of a report on the issue by Redress – an international human rights organisation – which has brought Jagtar’s case to the attention of the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.

Martin Ducherty writes:
My constituent is yet to receive an independent medical examination despite accusations of torture during his detention in India 4 months ago. Report by @REDRESSTrust clear that UK Govt must take action to protect the human rights of British citizens abroad.




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