It’s show time for prisoners in Rajasthan.
The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court’s directive asking the state government to introduce “humane living conditions” in eight central jails in the state. The state government had challenged the Rajasthan high court’s January order.
The court had asked the government to screen the latest films for prisoners in Rajasthan’s eight central jails every fortnight.
“These measures are part of the reforms the HC has asked you to carry out. There is nothing wrong in them,” a bench headed by chief justice TS Thakur said.
Besides the latest blockbusters, prisoners will also have to be given one sweet dish in lunch every Sunday.
The bench found it funny for a state government to oppose the direction asking it to purchase 100 new books every year for the inmates.
“You must encourage people to remain occupied. Reforms in jails are always welcomed,” it said. The HC order also provides for circulation of four daily newspapers and four monthly magazines in Hindi in each barrack of the central jails.
The state’s request to grant it relief from appointing permanent psychiatrist was also turned down.
According to Rajasthan government, there is acute shortage of psychiatrist in the region and it is struggling to even fill up vacancies in state-managed hospitals.
“But, it is important to have psychiatric in the jail or else jail inmates will turn into psychics,” the Supreme Court said.
To provide healthy and properly-cooked chapatis to the prisoners, the court had also asked the government to purchase new roti makers.