Rajasthan High Court to Government: “Ensure prisoners are not forced to do menial job on basis of caste”

Team SoOLEGAL 21 Dec 2020 4:26pm

Rajasthan High Court to Government: “Ensure prisoners are not forced to do menial job on basis of caste”

The Rajasthan High Court has asked the State Government to keep a watch and make sure that prisoners should not be given menial jobs or hard labour based on their caste.

The Court was dealing with a suo motu notice which was filed by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative. Justice Sandeep Mehta and Justice Devendra Kachhawaha were hearing the plea and were surprised to see that the prison manual which was being made during the British rule, is still being followed. The court has asked the Government to give their solutions to stop these services of the prison manual. The court has also directed that automatic cleaning facilities must be installed in all the prisons.

The report submitted by Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, says that whoever enters the prison is asked about their caste and lower caste people are given jobs like cleaning the toilets or sweeping, irrespective of the nature or integrity of their crime.  The division of work in the prisons are clearly based on the caste, the lower caste would clean toilets, while the upper caste will handle the kitchen or legal paper works and the rich never do any work.

This clearly does not depend on what crime the person has been convicted of. The next hearing date has been fixed in the month of February, 2021.

Tagged: Rajasthan High Court   State Government   suo motu   Justice Sandeep Mehta   Justice Devendra Kachhawaha   Commonwealth   Human Rights   legal paper works  
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