Sad state of affairs for women prisoners, Delhi HC laments while acquitting murder accused
By Team Legistify / 2017-02-25

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Just a few days before International Women’s Day, the Delhi High Court has made some pertinent observations regarding the condition of women prisoners in the capital.The observations came in a judgment penned by Justice Gita Mittal in an appeal by a woman convicted for murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.Allowing her appeal, the Court opined that the prosecution has failed to prove circumstances which cumulatively form a complete chain of events. It therefore, acquitted her.

The woman, who was accused of murdering her mother-in-law, was first found guilty by the Sessions court which sentenced her to rigorous imprisonment for life.

As a result of her conviction, the husband had filed a petition seeking divorce and the accused was left alone to deal with the charges against her.

Acquitting the accused, Mittal J. proceeded to make certain pertinent observations in the judgment about the condition of woman prisoners.

“In several cases involving women prisoners, we are coming across the fact that, apart from the punishment awarded by law, they are suffering a fate worse than just their incarceration. One in which their pain would be endless and knows no reprieve, one for which there can be no legal intervention or legal remedy.”

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