India: NHRC Issues Notice Over Increase in Violence at Tihar Jail

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Published on July 14, 2023, 17:41:00


 Tihar Jail, INDIA, NHRC

The increase in violence among jail inmates in one of India’s most famous jails – Tihar Jail – has raised concern from the NHRC or the National Human Rights Commission. The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has taken suo motu cognizance of a media report alleging an increase in violent episodes among convicts in Delhi's Tihar Jail. The Commission has noted that the contents of media reports on such violence, if genuine, raises serious concerns about human rights breaches on inmates held prisoners by the State. The Commission emphasised while issuing the notices that such acts of violence inside the jail point to prison authorities' incompetence, resulting in a shameful breach of the human rights of detainees in state custody. The notice was sent following recent media reports of how one of the prisoners was beaten up by another, a sixth report of this sort in this month alone.