Torture is the act of deliberately inflicting physical or psychological pain in order to fulfill some desire of the torturer or compel some action from the victim.
Although widely illegal and reviled there is an ongoing debate as to what exactly is and is not legally defined as torture. It is a serious violation of human rights.
Torture has been around for a long time, but unfortunately it hasn’t gone away. There are numerous modern torture methods and devices. Hopefully one day torture will be a thing of the past, but until then we should all be aware of modern torture cases, at the very least to raise awareness.