[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.Here’s the preview:

Inhuman prison conditions is a compelling reality. There is a long standing movement demanding humane living conditions for prisoners. A prison structure which will comply with international standards of prisoner rights should be a welcome effort. But to build it specifically to house an affluent expat is deeply problematic. If Mallya is extradited, it might help the government score some political points during an election year, but this extravaganza is unnecessary. There could be several alternatives to gain his custody, rather than creating a handful of special cells. The prison department should instead utilise this budget to improve overall conditions inside Arthur Road.

The problem can only be addressed through systemic reforms and policy changes regarding matters of bail, speedy trial and remission, not through cosmetic changes by building a dozen swanky cells. It is important to look into alternative and progressive prison systems such as an open prisons system.

Read the full article here