PLIGHT OF UNDERTRIALS IN INDIA: A CRITICAL ANALYSIS
Author(s):
Kirti Vashisth, ISHIKA KEDWAL, AJAY KUMAR
Keywords:
undertrials, Delay in trials, Human rights, Plights of undertrials
Abstract
Prison administration in India is coping up with number of problems since many years i.e., the problems of overcrowding, congestion, increasing proportion of undertrial prisoners, inadequacy of prison staff, lack of proper care and treatment of prisoners, lack of health and hygienic facilities, insufficient food and clothing, lack of classification and indifference attitude of jail staff, torture and ill-treatment, insufficient communication so on and so forth. The consequences of pre-trial detention are grave. Hence, the state of prisons and lockups is a known cause for grave concern. An undertrial is one of the categories of jail inmates that have been found responsible as one of the important factors behind overcrowding in the jails. They form a major portion of prison inmates among various types of prisoners. These voiceless people remain in prison pending trial which may or may not lead to conviction. Delay in trial of cases is the vital human rights issue of undertrials. The purpose of keeping undertrials in the custody is to ensure fair trial so that they cannot be in a position to influence or induce the witnesses. Long detention of the undertrials amounts to violation of human rights. Further this unnecessary detention of undertrials causes a number of problems to the other prisoners and to the prison organization as well. The core problem which is being taken in the present study is concerning plight of undertrials and delay in trial of prison society.
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Unique Paper ID: 155235

Publication Volume & Issue: Volume 9, Issue 1

Page(s): 470 - 474
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