An Indian policeman wields a lathi (stick) in a clash with protesting farmers outside Delhi. The use of these batons has been criticised as brutal. Photo: Reuters
An Indian policeman wields a lathi (stick) in a clash with protesting farmers outside Delhi. The use of these batons has been criticised as brutal. Photo: Reuters
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India farmer protests put police brutality and use of ‘lathis’ under spotlight

  • Delhi police have denied carrying metal batons during protests by farmers, but the use of lathis (sticks) in law enforcement is under renewed scrutiny
  • Police have also come under fire for the deaths of people during the coronavirus lockdown and bowing to political pressure from Narendra Modi’s government

An Indian policeman wields a lathi (stick) in a clash with protesting farmers outside Delhi. The use of these batons has been criticised as brutal. Photo: Reuters
An Indian policeman wields a lathi (stick) in a clash with protesting farmers outside Delhi. The use of these batons has been criticised as brutal. Photo: Reuters
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