Why women prisoners denied open jail benefit: HC to Delhi Govt
By Team Legistify / 2017-09-06

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Why are women prisoners in Tihar Jail being denied the benefit of semi-open and open prisons, the Delhi High Court today asked the AAP government and the jail authorities.

The high court sought responses from the Delhi government, Lieutenant Governor and Director General of Prisons on a PIL seeking direction to them to extend the benefit of semi-open prison and open prison to women.“Why are you denying this to women prisoners? This is very bad. What you are doing is a stereotypical approach.People should have the option, why should you discriminate,” a bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar said and listed the matter for November 15.

Picture Courtesy- Hindustan Times

The petition filed by advocate Sunil Gupta, former legal adviser of Tihar Jail, also sought to quash of the guidelines approved by the LG and other steps initiated to exclude female prisoners from the semi-open prisons and open prisons.The plea filed through advocate Amit Khemka sought setting up of special semi-open prison and open prison for women prisoners in Delhi Prisons in a time bound manner.Semi-open prison or open prison allows convicts to work outside the premises of jail and earn a livelihood and return to the jail in the evening. This concept is being adopted by the jail authorities across the country.The concept was brought in to assimilate the convicts with society and reduce their psychological pressure as they face lack of confidence in leading normal lives outside the jail.

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