Wednesday, July 16, 2008

India: When all else fails, why not try the "truth serum?"

It was the most sensational murder case of the year and after a series of embarrassing bungles, Indian police were under pressure to get results. 

So they turned to a practice long since banned in most democracies, but on the rise in India: they injected their prime suspects with a “truth serum”. 

India has been transfixed by the murder of Aarushi Talwar, 14, who was found with her throat slit in May at her home near Delhi. Police initially blamed the Talwars' domestic help, but were forced to rethink when his body was found on the terrace of the family house the next day. 

Then they detained Rajesh Talwar, the dead girl's dentist father, and drugged him with sodium pentothal — the “truth serum”. The Central Bureau of Investigation, India's equivalent of the FBI, took over and declared him innocent last week.  More...

See also: If you're being raped, use your mobile to record it, says Sri Lanka's police chief!!! WTF!

And this: India tops world murder count...

And this: India: 3 young men beat mother to death in exorcism ritual...

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