Delhi High Powered Committee Denies To Release Women And Children In Delhi Prisons.
4th September 2020
The Delhi High Powered Committee recently denied the request for re-classification of persons to be released from prisons on interim bail/ parole to include all women, children and Transpersons, owing to their social status. The Committee said that it had "absolute discretion" to classify prisoners who may be released from prisons, on account of the pandemic. It stated that the Committee cannot adopt a 'prisoner-centric approach' and that it has already relaxed some of the condition with respect to women, vis a vis the male prisoners.
Thus, no prisoner in whatsoever category/class he/she falls and for whatever nature of offence he/she is facing trial, can seek or claim to be released from prison, their category in the recommendations so made," the Committee said. The object was only to release some of the prisoners and not all the prisoners on a reasonable classification basis of orders passed by Hon'ble Supreme Court, intending to implement the same in letter and spirit."