Tag: inhuman conditions

[The Wire] Plans of a Swanky Prison Cell for Vijay Mallya Violate Equality Before Law

[The Wire] Plans of a Swanky Prison Cell for Vijay Mallya Violate Equality Before Law

The Wire published my article on equality in Indian prisons. The article argues that inhuman conditions in Indian prisons is a real problem, but creating small islands of human rights for affluent individuals while other prisoners languish is anomalous in nature and against the principle of justice.

[The Wire] Emulating Rajasthan’s Open Jails Model Could Ease Overcrowding in Indian Prisons

[The Wire] Emulating Rajasthan’s Open Jails Model Could Ease Overcrowding in Indian Prisons

The Wire published my article on open prisons. Here’s the preview: In an ongoing case, the Supreme Court is likely to consider the feedback of various states and union territories on the standard of living in 1,382 prisons across the country, with regard to two key issues – overcrowding and unnatural deaths. The case has been…

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[The Wire] New Draft Model Prison Manual Implicitly Explains Why Prison Riots Happen

[The Wire] New Draft Model Prison Manual Implicitly Explains Why Prison Riots Happen

The Wire published my article on prisoner rights and what new draft Model Prison Manual does to protect them. Here’s the preview: Prisoners already face endemic issues like poor sanitation, lack of resources and insufficient wages, and the new rules are looking to restrict them from going on a hunger strike singing, laughing and talking loudly.…

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NHRC takes cognizance of my Frontline article

NHRC takes cognizance of my Frontline article

Following the publication , the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of my Frontline article on the conditions of incarceration in Bihar prisons. In its press statement, NHRC said the following: The Commission has observed that although it is not oblivious of the ills plaguing the prison system in the country…

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[Frontline] Horror behind bars

[Frontline] Horror behind bars

Frontline published my article about the findings of my Bihar Prisons report. Here’s the preview: An exhaustive report based on inspection of Bihar’s 58 prisons tellingly brings to light the denial of the basic human rights of prisoners in the State and points to the need for prison reforms across the country. Read the full…

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Prisons of Bihar Status Report 2015

Prisons of Bihar Status Report 2015

Justice V.N. Sinha (rtd.), Executive Chairman of the Bihar State Legal Services Authority (BSLSA), commissioned me to inspect all the 58 prisons of Bihar. This entailed interacting with each and every prisoner (30,070 on record) and examining each ward of every prison. The inspections revealed inhuman conditions of incarceration and custodial violence and torture. BSLSA published…

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