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How India treats women in prisons NCRB report reveals overcrowding, large presence of inmates' children

The National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) has released its in its Prison Statistics Report for 2019, and it showcases the ever-worsening plight of women prisoners. As per the data, out of the 4,78,600 prisoners, 4,58,687 were male prisoners and 19,913 were female prisoners. Out of about 1,300 prisons, there are 31 women’s jails in 15 States/Union Territories…

NCRB’s Prison Statistics Report 2019 paints a bleak picture More under-trials than actual convicts behind bars!

The 25th edition of the Prison Statistics in India report released by the National Crime Record Bureau (NCRB) reveals some shocking results; most notably that the number of under-trial prisoners still considerably overshadows the number of convicts in Indian jails! According to the report, 69.05 percent of those behind bars were under-trials, while 30.11 percent…

Persons deprived of liberty require specific focus: UN-IASC Guidance on prisoners and detainees amidst Covid-19

In March this year, just as the Covid-19 pandemic was getting serious, an Inter-Agency Standing Committee issued interim guidance on how people deprived of their liberty should be treated amidst growing concerns of the Coronavirus infection. The two agencies; Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and the World Health Organisation (WHO), jointly…

Why we need public scrutiny for prison monitoring in India Who monitors prisons? With what degree of transparency?

Conditions inside the prisons in India remain hidden to the public at large. But landmark court judgments have often highlighted the deplorable conditions of the prisons and the maltreatment of prisoners by the staff. Can we as a society ignore the constitutional rights of the prisoners? Related: Does India uphold Prisoners’ Right to Health? “No…

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Monitoring the condition of Indian prisons Who does it, and with what degree of transparency and accountability

To improve prison conditions does not mean that prison life should be made soft; it means that it should be made human and sensible.” – Jawaharlal Nehru in India and the World Prisons are those public institutions that are fundamentally the least public in nature. What happens within the high walls of a prison, remains…

Petition against Assam’s Detention Camps in SC

25 inmates dead in Assam’s Detention Camps! Government claims all deaths "due to illness"

In a shocking revelation before the Assam state assembly, the state government has admitted that 25 people have died while incarcerated in the state’s six detention camps. The state claims they all died “due to illness”. We have accessed the list of people who have died and have discovered that Goalpara detention camp has proved…

Petition against Assam’s Detention Camps in SC

What RTI inquiries reveal about Assam’s Detention Camps CHRI files multiple applications to understand complexities, challenges and access information

The Supreme Court-monitored updation of the the National Register of Citizens (NRC)[1] exercise, aimed at identifying illegal immigrants is being carried out in Assam. When the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it. The draft NRC which was prepared last…

View to address issues faced by women prisoners DNA

Citizens of Justice and Peace (CJP), a human rights platform, held a public meeting ‘Qaid Ke Pare’ on Monday to understand ways of addressing issues faced by women prisoners. The public meeting which took place at the Marathi Patrakar Sangh involved testimonies of a range of women — from those who have served jail term…

Plight of Women in Indian Prisons

Plight of Women in Indian Prisons A compilation of facts and figures by CJP

Various studies done within Indian prisons have concluded that a majority of prisoners are Adivasis, Dalits or from other marginalised communities that are being criminalised. Their social and economic situation makes them vulnerable, being unable to defend themselves legally and financially. This compilation aims to highlight the general issues related to Women Prisoners, the Structural Exclusions within the Prison,…

Jail Horror Stories

Women prisoners recount Jail Horror Stories Rape and torture common in jails

Over the past 15 years, India’s jails have seen a rise in women inmates by 61 per cent, even though they constitute only 48.18% of the national population (according to the World Bank, 2017). Moreover, the Indian prison system has failed to respect their rights. From custodial torture, rape, denial of health services, lack of clean food and…

Petition against Assam’s Detention Camps in SC

Petition against Assam’s Detention Camps in SC Harsh Mander moves apex court to put an end to the inhuman conditions in which 'Declared Foreigners' are lodged

Human Rights activist Harsh Mander has moved Supreme Court siting the deplorable conditions of Assam’s Detention Camps. These camps are where people who have been declared foreigners by Foreigners’ Tribunals are lodged pending deportation or bail. Presently there are six detention camps operating out of makeshift facilities in local prisons in Dhibrugarh, Jorhat, Goalpara, Silchar,…

SC offers Relief to Assam Detention Camp Inmates

Where hope fades and time stands still: Assam’s Detention Camps A Purgatory more horrifying than Hell

Purgatory is a place where souls go to atone for their sins before being admitted into heaven. Assam’s Detention Camps are the dark, dank and dreary modern day purgatory like limbo lands, where those who are Declared Foreigner (DF) by Foreigners’ Tribunals (FT) are condemned to spend their time till they are able to either secure bail…

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