Saturday, 26 November, 2022
TopicIndian prisons

Topic: Indian prisons

Prison reforms need to go beyond music and meditation. Try handloom

Almost half the inmates in India's prisons are sole breadwinners of their families.

8 in 10 prisoners in India await trial, majority of jails overcrowded, finds report

The annual India Justice Report, based on government data, found there was a sharp increase in arrests in 2021 over 2020; the population in India’s 1,319 prisons grew by 13%.

Mangalsutra, shampoo for women & sweets on festivals — UP’s new jail manual makes basics ‘official’

UP has done away with its British-era manual, letting go of some archaic rules, like the ‘Kala Pani’ punishment, and making ‘official’ basic benefits already being given to inmates.

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.

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A general view of the opening ceremony of the G20 finance ministers and central bank governors meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 17, 2022. Mast Irham/Pool via REUTERS

G20 presidency is India’s chance to fix power imbalances in artificial intelligence adoption

Without considering AI challenges across the world, equitably reaping its benefits will remain inadequate, leading to a more unequal and divisive future.
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How India-Australia FTA is set to boost trade that’s already at a record high

While the bulk of the trade between India and Australia is so far in the energy sector, the FTA is expected to broaden this to include other goods and services.


Illustration: Soham Sen | The Print

Modi govt moves with Arunachal Frontier Highway, among India’s ‘toughest’ projects yet, China in mind

The 2,000 km-long highway will be of strategic importance to military. Same equipment used on other side of LAC being deployed to carry out work on tough terrain, say officials.

A Gujarat gamble: A likely reason Rahul is not giving Modi a fight this assembly election

I'd rather not buy idea that Rahul's holding his fire until 2024. More likely, Congress believes Karnataka offers best chance of winning a Gujarat-sized state if Gujarat is too challenging.