Convicts can have sex in jail?
Good news criminals! Some criminologists suggest that wives of convicts be allowed to visit jail and have sex with their husbands. Should criminals have sex in jail?india Updated: May 01, 2006 16:08 IST
Good news criminals! Social reformers and criminologists have suggested to the Uttar Pradesh jail authorities to revive the old concept of Kacchi Mulaqat and Pakki Mulaqat introduced by the British Raj in some jails to check homosexuality and to prevent them from becoming mental wrecks.
Some criminologists even suggest that wives of convicts be allowed to visit jail and have sex with their husbands, periodically though.
Spearheading the demand for Pakki Mulaqat is Mridul Srivastava, a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice Unit of the Social Welfare Department of Lucknow University. Even some retired jail officers have favoured remedial action in this regard.
It is learnt that sex-starved convicts often indulge in homosexuality. Criminals often bribe jail staff to bring domestic animals like dogs and goats.
Criminologist Mridul Srivastava says, "Anal sex and lesbianism is on the rise in UP jails because the convicts do not find an outlet to fulfill their sexual urge."
The British knew that controlling sexual urge of convicts was very important for smooth administration in jails but of late the practice has been stopped.
It is learnt that British people used to allow two kinds of meetings with wives of convicts that were known as Kacchi Mulaqat and Pakki Mulaqat.
While in Kacchi Mulaqat, a convict was allowed to hug and kiss his wife in seclusion; in the case of Pakki Mulaqat the convict was allowed to have sex with his wife inside the jail premises.
Criminologists even favour distributing free condoms to convicts once the practice starts.
But, Director General of Prisons feels the suggestion is rather odd. Similarly All-India Women's Democratic Association (AIDWA) is not in favour of allowing convicts to have sex with their wives in jail.
Advocate Desh Ratan Sinha says that a convict's human right should be safeguarded. Moreover, he would be in a better state of mind psychologically if his wife is allowed to satisfy his carnal desires.
There are over 70 per cent married convicts in UP.
Criminologists are pressing that such favours should be granted to convicts on condition of good behaviour. This would help in reforming their character.
First Published: May 01, 2006 14:35 IST