Rights panel issues notice over women’s plight in jails

March 13th, 2008 - 5:56 pm ICT by admin  

New Delhi, March 13 (IANS) The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued a notice to the Uttar Pradesh chief secretary over the plight of women inmates and babies in state prisons. Taking cognisance of the number of women languishing in the Uttar Pradesh jails, the NHRC has asked the state chief secretary to submit a report within four weeks.

Concerned over the issue, Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly Speaker Sukhdev Rajbharhad had convened an all-party meeting in February to find solution to the problem.

The leaders noted that thousands of `innocent’ women accused of committing atrocities related to dowry were behind bars under Section 498-A IPC. Many women inmates were wrongly confined in the jails, they observed.

It was brought to the notice of the house that several women inmates were disabled and sick, and others were nursing small children. Instances of young girls being sent to jails were also highlighted.

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