32% of under-trials jailed in Maharashtra are Muslims

Written by | April 23, 2015 | 0

Mumbai: Data compiled by Union Home Ministry reveals that 32% of the under trails jailed in Maharashtra are Muslims while Muslim comprise of 12% of the State’s population. Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes form 12% and 9% respectively of the State’s population but 18.15% and 18.34% respectively of the under trial population. There are many who were detained for more than half the prescribed period of imprisonment.

As per the report submitted in Parliament, after Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, Maharashtra had the maximum number of Muslim under trials in jails. Maharashtra had 6,182 Muslims under trial jailed population whereas Uttar Pradesh had 15,477 Muslims of 58,100 under trail jailed, West Bengal had 7,730 Muslims out of 16,471 under trail jailed.

Union Minister of State for Home Haribhai Chaudhary said the Centre had initiated several steps in respect of under trial prisoners to reduce overcrowding in prisons. He said that Section 436A which states “if an under trial has been in jail for a period which amounts to half of the maximum imprisonment specified for that offence, then he can be released by the court on a personal bond with or without sureties”, will be used to reduce overcrowding of prisons.

Union home minister Rajnath Singh on 3rd September, 2014 wrote to all the Chief Ministers on the issue.

Filed in: National

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply