Agartala | March 15, 2019
The Tripura High Court on Wednesday witnessed the hearing addressing to the inhumane treatment of under trial prisoners at Khowai district.
The issue came to light when a district judge filed a complaint on the “barbaric”, “cruel and unusual” frisking of under-trial prisoners by making them strip at Tripura’s Khowai Sub-Jail. Based on this, the Tripura HC heard a petition and directed the state government to ensure that inmates of all jails are searched as per provisions of the Jail Manual, keeping in light human dignity and maintaining absolute privacy.
A division bench of the High Court, comprising of Chief Justice Sanjoy Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh, on Wednesday heard the petition admitted suo moto, based on a letter from Khowai District and Sessions Judge, who said under-trial prisoners at Khowai Sub-Jail were compelled to remove their clothes in presence of other under-trial prisoners and convicts in the name of frisking.
Seeking intervention from the High Court, the judge said, “Situation within Jail is very alarming, if the situation is not brought under control, very shortly anything may happen.”
The High Court heard the petition and directed the Tripura government to take steps against the erring officials and inform the court about the progress through an affidavit within one week.