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Delhi High Powered Committee Denies Request to Release Women and Trans Persons in Delhi Prisons amid the Pandemic [READ RESPONSE]

Lawstreet Journal 8 Sep 2020 3:30am

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Delhi High Powered Committee recently denied the request of reclassification of persons to be released from the prison on interim bail/parole during the pandemic to include all women, children, and trans persons, looking at their social status and further stated that it had absolute discretion to classify persons who may be released from the prison after taking into consideration all the relevant factors and on the basis of objective satisfaction arrived by the committee. 

A letter was sent by Dr. Uma Chakravarti (historian/Ret. Faculty DU), Dr. Navsharan Singh (independent Feminist Researcher), Dr. Mahuya Bandyopadhyay (Associate professor IIT Delhi), and Dr. Pratiksha Bakshi (Associate Professor JNU) to the committee and in reply, for that letter, the committee made some observations. 

The committee stated that it can’t have a prisoner centric approach and that it has already relaxed some of the condition with respect to women, vis a vis man. 

The committee further said that on bare pursual of the observation directions given by the Hon'ble Supreme Court vide its order dated 23-03-2020 it is apparent that the High Powered Committee so constituted was given an absolute discretion to determine which class/category of the prisoner can be released on interim bail/parole depending not only upon the severity of the offense, but also the nature of the offense and other relevant factors. It is further apparent on the pursual of the subsequent order dated 13-04-2020 of Hon’ble Supreme Court whereby it was clarified that it has not directed the states/Union Territories to compulsorily release the prisoner… Continue Reading...

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