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CHRI concluded a two day workshop on the 14th and 15th of February 2012 at the State Institute of Health and Family Welfare, Jaipur on the Prison Visiting System for Non-Official Visitors (NOV) to strengthen prison oversight. The main focus of the workshop was to educate NOVs on their rights and duties regarding visits to the prison. [ Read More ]

2010 - We identified the case of Baba Khan (whose name we later found out was Roy Varghese) from the list of under-trial prisoners sent by the Superintendent, Central jail, Jaipur. The case of Baba Khan who has been held in Jaipur Central Jail since 2003 underscores the ambiguity in the law in dealing with persons who are mentally ill and are charged with criminal offences. Given the large number of mentally ill prisoners across Rajasthan, and the country, Baba Khan’s case is an excellent one to highlight.
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Mentally-ill-Hitler-Baba-still-in-jail-7-years-after-serving-term/articleshow/5982122.cms

Prisons in Afghanistan set for overhaul: A major review of US detention policy will recommend a complete overhaul of the prison system in Afghanistan. There have been widespread accusations of abuse at the controversial Bagram prison, which is frequently compared to the prison at Guantanamo Bay. Bagram is the main prison for people detained by the US military forces in Afghanistan. (BBC News, 20/07/09. Click here for the article.)

Prisoner Raju given special treatment in jail: This opinion piece argues that the special treatment afforded to the former chairman of Satyam Computer Services, B. Ramalinga Raju, after he was jailed in Andhra Pradesh on accusations of fraud, is unjustified. Though newspaper reports have emphasized that Raju was treated like any other prisoner, that "ordinary treatment" included exceptional amenities like visits from his personal physician and access to magazines and other amenities was unjustified. Andhra Pradesh law allows for the differential treatment of prisoners based on their socioeconomic status and standard of living, but such classifications violate the Indian Constitution's guarantee of equality. (Sunday Tribune, 09/05/09. Click here for the article.)

Undertrials disenfranchised:The over 12,000 prisoners at Tihar Jail will be unable to vote in the May 7 election, as the law prohibits even under-trials from voting. Section 62(5) of the Representation of the People Act 1951 states that no person will vote if he or she is confined in prison whether under sentences of imprisonment or transportation or otherwise. The National Human Rights Commission is seeking to obtain voting rights for under-trials. (Times of India, 06/05/09. Click here for the article.)

World's most notorious prisons: Foreign Policy magazine compiled a list of the five most notorious prisons in the world: La Santé, in France; Black Beach, in Equatorial Guinea; Vladimir Central Prison, in Russia; Camp 1391, in Israel; and the North Korean Gulag, in North Korea. (Foreign Policy, January 2009. Click here for the article.)

13,000 released from UP prisons: An Amendment to the Indian Criminal Procedure Code has led to the release of 13,000 prisoners in Uttar Pradesh. The amendment provides that if a person is granted bail, but is unable to furnish the bail bond within seven days, he should be declared indigent, and released from jail on his own personal bond. (Indian Express, 20/01/09. Click here for the article.)

 

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