Monday, 16 May, 2022
TopicIndian prisons

Topic: Indian prisons

As Modi govt plans NDPS Act changes, 27,072 drug case undertrials in India rot in jails

Over 10% of 2,58,883 jailed undertrials were arrested for offences under NDPS Act. Modi govt is planning to decriminalise personal consumption of small quantities of drugs.

Prisoners are twice as likely to die by suicide. Existing laws do little to help them

A lack of psychiatrists, psychologists, technology, and dysfunctional state machinery is contributing to worsening mental health conditions in prisons.

Irregular meetings with mom, bullying: Grim findings of NCPCR survey on women prisoners’ kids

Survey was conducted across eight jails & 15 childcare institutions in Bihar, Maharashtra, UP, Andhra. Visits to prisons & childcare institutions were made between August 2019 & January 2020.

There’s 1 judge for every 50,000 citizens, 1 cop for 858 people, shows India Justice Report

India Justice Report, which also compiles rankings on state of judiciary, police, prisons and legal aid, ranks Maharashtra as the top big state and UP as the last.

Delhi has 75% more prisoners than capacity, 69% of all prisoners in India are undertrials

According to a CHRI analysis of NCRB prisons data, India’s overall jail occupancy rate is 118.5%. In 8 states & UTs, this figure is over 150%.

Overcrowded Agra jail releases 71 inmates accused of theft, robbery amid coronavirus scare

The prisoners have been released on short-term bail for 56 days, after which they will have to return to the jail. Over 300 others may be released in coming days.

COVID-19 fear, cylinder bombs, hidden arms — how inmates at Bengal prison unleashed mayhem

Alleged resentment over COVID-19-related restrictions triggered 2 days of violence at Dum Dum jail, leading to 4 deaths. But police suspect a bigger conspiracy.

Another data mishap? NCRB’s new prisons report has no caste, religion breakdown of inmates

Representation of some social group in jails has been higher to their share in population but NCRB’s 2016 report takes away that understanding as well.

James Tooley’s book exposes the barbarism of Indian prisons and justice system

James Tooley is a British professor who was put in an Indian prison for four months on false charges because a colleague in his...

Indian jails are a university for nurturing criminals: Sanjay Dutt

Actor Sanjay Dutt says Indian prisons and judicial system desperately need reform; backs capital punishment for heinous crimes. Far from being places of reform, Indian...

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Bad timing could hamper LIC IPO

Most early public enterprise IPOs have been trading 75% below their original price, small investors concerned.


Representational image of army personnel in Ladakh | ANI

India ‘doesn’t foresee’ border fighting with China, but ‘won’t back down’ if tensions reignite

Aim is to ensure not just disengagement of troops, but overall de-escalation. Govt in favour of solving tensions through talks as it wants peace with all neighbours including China.

How Congress is like the Ambassador & why Indian politics needs a brand new set of wheels

Like the car, nothing the party has done to reinvent itself has worked. Only way forward is to offer something looking towards the future, not in image of glorious past.