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?No rights violations in over-crowded jails?

THE STATE Government today said in the State Assembly that prisoners in excess of capacity at any jail does not create any problems for inmates and therefore, there was no question of human rights violation of prisoners, if the jails were over-crowded.

india Updated: Mar 07, 2006 15:33 IST

THE STATE Government today said in the State Assembly that prisoners in excess of capacity at any jail does not create any problems for inmates and therefore, there was no question of human rights violation of prisoners, if the jails were over-crowded.

The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) has issued several directives to the State Government in the past to reduce number of inmates in highly over-crowded jails of Madhya Pradesh, considering it to be matter of human rights violation.

But, Jail Minister Antar Singh Arya, in his written reply to a question of Narayan Tripathi, while admitting that in central jail Rewa there were 579 prisoners in excess of its capacity, at Satna jail 615 prisoners in excess to its capacity and at sub jail Maiher 30 in excess to capacity, said it did not create any problem for the inmates and facilities are not reduced, therefore, there was no question of any human rights violation on that count.

In the course of a debate over the question, Tripathi raised the issue of death of an undertrial Laloo Rajak at Maiher sub jail. He said Rajak was forcibly made to work as cook in the jail. Hot oil fell on him during cooking and the prisoner died of burn injuries.

The Minister, however, refuted the charge that he was forced into the cooking job and said he worked at a dhaba and he was put on the job with his consent.

Speaker Ishwardas Rohani, however, directed the State Government to take action against officials concerned, who forced him to work in the jail kitchen and also pay adequate compensation to the family of deceased.

First Published: Mar 07, 2006 15:33 IST