India: US 'briefed about Kashmir torture'

US officials allegedly had evidence of widespread torture by Indian police and security forces, and were secretly briefed by a member of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) about the systematic abuse of prisoners in Kashmir detention centres, according to diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

The dispatches uncover alleged briefings made by the ICRC to US diplomats in Delhi about the use of electrocution, beatings and sexual humiliation against hundreds of detainees.

ICRC staff had apparently informed US diplomats of 681 cases of various forms of torture.