Tuesday
Oct262010

Falaka

Torture techniques inflicted on victims such as Naheem and Rehan include falaka, foot whipping with a rod or cane, the pulling out of fingernails with pliers, the rubbing of hot chillies in eyes, endless beatings with sticks, and an excruciating practice called strappado, where the victim is hung by the wrists from the ceiling until the shoulders dislocate. The abuse is often so severe that policewomen tire in their duties of kicking and beating detainees and are rotated, allowing them to recoup their lost strength. Each policewoman comes armed with sticks, broom handles or bamboo canes.