Thursday, 4 June 2015

Thousands of Indian convicts are too poor to pay fines, hence jailed indefinitely

Thousands of convicts are detained for months or even years AFTER COMPLETION OF THEIR SENTENCES due to non-payment of fines. What right to Life & Liberty are we talking about? The common man has no real right to life and liberty!
That's right, there are thousands of inmates who remain in jail even after completion of their jail sentences because they are unable to pay the fine amount! At the end of 2013, there were 3000 such prisoners. Of these, 1375 prisoners, or 45.2% had been in jail less than six months after completion of their sentences. On the other extreme, 240 were still languishing in jail for more than five years after their jail sentences had ended.
If non payment of fines of a few thousand rupees can keep you in jail for months or even years, what justice is there in our country?

(Thank you TOI for in-depth coverage of this issue.)

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