LONDON: India is modernizing fast but its police still indulges in widespread human rights violations, a prominent human rights group claimed on Tuesday as it pressed the government to overhaul a “failing system”.

The US-based group Human Rights Watch said “India is modernising rapidly, but the police continue to use their old methods: abuse and threats.”

“India’s policing system facilitates and even encourages abuses,” the 118-page report said.

It said there has been little change in attitudes, training or equipment since the police was formed in colonial times with the aim to control the population.

The report said the government must take major steps to overhaul a failing system.

Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch said, “it’s time for the government to stop talking about reform and fix the system.”

The authorities require a major overhaul – otherwise the beatings, torture and illegal killings will continue to stain India’s democracy, he said.

According to the report, there was no immediate response from the Indian authorities.

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