PROTECTION OF PRISONERS’ RIGHTS UNDER THE CONSTITUTION OF INDIA AND THE JUDICIARY
By Ishita Garg
India is one of the largest democracies in the world and is a developing country, nonetheless, it’s sad that there is no codified and specific legislation for the rights of prisoners. However, the Judiciary has not overlooked and has recognized the various rights for the prisoners through their judgments and interpretations. In the past decades, there have been many changes in the Rights of Prisoners as there is an increase in mindfulness towards the need for prison reforms in people’s minds.
The prisoner is an individual who is curtailed from enjoying his liberty and is apprehended under prison or custody for the crime he committed. Being a prisoner or being under trial does not discard the necessity for human rights for the survival and protection of life. Several international legal instruments have made important contributions to the advancement of prisoners’ human rights.
Therefore, this research paper discusses the protection of prisoners under the Constitution of India and the role of the judiciary and judicial guidelines issued from time to time regarding the needs and care of prisoners.
Keywords: Rights, Protection, Prisoners, Judiciary, Constitution of India
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