- "Why are they doing this?"
"They never even asked me any questions."
- ―Leia Organa and Han Solo
Torture was a means of punishment, or interrogation through causing physical pain. Darth Vader was adept at it: even as a Jedi, he Force choked Poggle the Lesser to gain information on killing the brain worms. He once tortured Han Solo so his pain would reverberate through the Force and draw out Luke Skywalker.
The Galactic Empire used interrogator droids equipped with mind probes to torture subjects, though they proved futile against resilient subjects like Leia Organa.
After the New Republic supplanted the Empire, the new government enacted anti-torture laws, which did not prevent the First Order from secretly developing a new model of interrogator droid.
The Tusken Raider nomads of Tatooine practiced ritual torture of captives.
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