Tag: prison

[TEDx] Open Prison System is a game changer

[TEDx] Open Prison System is a game changer

I gave a TEDx Talk at Mansarover Park, talking at length about Indian penitentiary system. I discussed the existing system of closed prisons and the problems it pose both to prisoners rights and to society as a whole. My argument here is one I advanced elsewhere: the only feasible solution is open prisons.

[Interview] Burden of enforcing right to life & to speedy trial by SC and the exchequer is worth undertaking: Justice V.N.Sinha

[Interview] Burden of enforcing right to life & to speedy trial by SC and the exchequer is worth undertaking: Justice V.N.Sinha

I did a joint interview with Justice V.N. Sinha with Live Law. Here’s the preview: Prisoners are treated as the crumbs of the society and imprisonment induces psychological scar. To suffer the burden of the terror tag, and being shunned into silence of confinement for over a decade, is a gross violation of human rights.…

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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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