Delhi HC asks govt to explore ways to rehabilitate women prisoners
By Team Legistify / 2017-02-25

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The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and Delhi government to explore appropriate programmes for mainstreaming and rehabilitating women prisoners.A bench of Justices Gita Mittal and Anu Malhotra observed that the status of women prisoners was extremely “sad and unfortunate”.“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. This is the punishment inflicted not only on the woman prisoner but may even extend to her spouse and children by their relatives, friends and society,” the bench noted.

It made the observations while allowing an appeal filed by Poonam Rani against the conviction and sentence of life term handed to down to her for killing her mother-in-law.

The high court, however, acquitted her due to lack of evidence in the case.

While ordering her release of the convict, the bench noted that as a result of the imprisonment of appellant, the first thing that resulted was her complete abandonment by in- laws and husband.

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