Arrestees in India are often physically restrained in the name of security. Mandatory handcuffing has been held by the Supreme Court as violation of Article 21 of the Constitution. International law also addresses the issue of handcuffing. The lack of opposition from the legal profession and civil society is the result of attempts by the police to have handcuffing made mandatory. This report aims to provide that missing voice to make the case that mandatory handcuffing is not only unnecessary and inhumane, but also illegal.