The Legal Aid Lifeline: A CHRI opinion

The recent escape of eight SIMI members from Bhopal Central Jail, and their subsequent deaths at the hands of local police, raise stark issues relating to persons in custody. These include the lack of access to a lawyer that could make the difference between life and death for someone in custody.

CHRI believes the law can be strengthened to ensure the presence of a lawyer at the earliest point after arrest.