Why India's undertrials continue to languish
- Three out of four of the total prison population in 2021 were undertrials
- Prisons across India are witnessing a decade-high occupancy rate. The rate went up 12 percentage points in 2021— ‘critical’ in the terminology of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime
New Delhi: Not long ago, President Droupadi Murmu made an emotional appeal. Many in India end up being in jail for years, for the slightest of crimes, or even when wrongly framed. They have little recourse. This needs to be fixed, she said, speaking at the National Law Day celebrations, organized by the Supreme Court.