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SC to constitute panel to look into issues in jails across country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today said it would constitute a committee under the chairmanship of its retired to look into problems in jails, including overcrowding, and suggest measures to deal with it.

The apex court said the committee for reforms would also have two or three officials from the government of to look into the issues, including that of women prisoners languishing in jails across the country.

A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, S and expressed its displeasure that the government has collected a huge amount under the orders of the apex court but the funds are not being utilised properly.

Agreeing with the court on setting up a committee for jail reforms, K K told the bench that was facing enormous problems in several other areas as well.

He said has a population of around 1.3 billion which is increasing exponentially and there are several problems faced by the country.

"We are trying to solve some of these problems," the bench told the

Justice Lokur also made it clear to that the top court was not criticising the government for every problem in the country.

"We are making it clear that we have not and we are not criticising the government for everything," Justice Lokur said.

The bench has fixed the matter for hearing on August 17.

The apex court had on August 5 expressed its displeasure that several states had not yet appointed the board of visitors who regularly inspect prisons to ensure that they are being run in accordance with rules.

The court is hearing a matter relating to inhuman conditions prevailing in 1,382 prisons across the country.

The court had earlier taken strong exception to overcrowded jails across the country and said prisoners also have human rights and cannot be kept in jail like "animals".

It had earlier passed a slew of directions over unnatural deaths in jails and on reforms across India.

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First Published: Wed, August 08 2018. 13:05 IST