“Fundamental rights and human rights of people, however they may be placed, cannot be ignored only because of their adverse circumstances”
Supreme Court has expounded that it was “not only tragic but pathetic” to find that the prisons in the national capital, Delhi along with half a dozen States across the country were overcrowded by over 150 per cent.
Apex Court Bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur, while delivering judgment on a suo motu PIL, observed that the prisons are crammed with inmates by over one and a half times than the permissible limit.
Apex court observed that, “Fundamental rights and the human rights of the people, however they may be placed, cannot be ignored only because of their adverse circumstances,”.
Judgment refers to the jails in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Assam etc. In this context, while observing that it was unfortunate that inspite of the directions by the Court, the prison authorities have not been able to take any effective steps for reducing overcrowding in jails.
Supreme Court enunciated that,“We are a little distressed to note that though this Court has held on several occasions that prisoners, both undertrials and the convicts, have certain fundamental rights and human rights, little or no attention has been paid in this regard by the States and Union Territories, including the National Capital Territory of Delhi,”.