The co-founder of INX Media Indrani Mukerjea, arrested for her daughter Sheena Bora’s murder, will be lodged in Mumbai’s only women’s prison in Byculla. She will be kept in a barrack, which already houses 27 undertrials facing murder charges — they are kept separate from the rest of the inmates.
Located in the heart of the city, the women’s prison houses 215 inmates and is not overcrowded like the Arthur Road Central Prison, where other accused Shyamwar Rai has been lodged.
This is because many undertrials facing serious charges have been shifted to other women’s jails, like at Kalyan, in the past few months.
Indrani will be lodged in the same jail as drug dealer Shashikala Patankar. The jail has a sanctioned capacity of 262 inmates.
“Inmates accused of murder are generally considered to be violent, so we have allotted them a separate barrack inside the jail, keeping the safety of other inmates in mind. We have extra security to prevent clashes in this barrack. The movement of every inmate is monitored with the help of CCTV cameras that have been installed at every corner of the barrack,” said a Byculla jail officer.
A jail official said many of these women are facing trial for committing murder because of domestic disputes.
“The jail is small and does not have separate cells, like at Arthur Road, where ‘privileged’ inmates are kept separately in different ‘VIP’ cells,” said a jail official, requesting anonymity.
Inmates on trial for murder have to wear green saris, while those who have been convicted have to wear blue saris, a jail source said.
Byculla jail superintendent CA Indurkar said, “We treat all the accused in our jail equally. No inmate is given any sort of special treatment or facility. We work transparently.”