Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam, Chairperson, National Commission of Women (NCW) has said that the Commission will share best practices with the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D) for bringing about Prison Reforms, particularly in the context of Women Inmates. Delivering the valedictory address at the two-day 5th National Conference of Heads of Prisons of States and UTs on Prison Reforms, here today, she said the NCW and BPR&D can work together to extend legal aid, rehabilitation and grievance redressal related to women prisoners.
Stating that rehabilitation of marginalized sections is very difficult, Ms. Lalitha Kumaramangalam said that the NCW has developed training modules and women’s participation in Panchayats which can also be beneficial for authorities dealing with women inmates.
On this occasion, Dr. Meeran Borwankar, Director General, BPR&D, said rehabilitation issues of women inmates and their minor children are critical since as many as 4.2 percent of total prisoners in the country are women.
The Conference passed 12 resolutions including changing the nomenclature of Prisons to Correctional Administration or Correctional Homes, creation of Probation Officers vacancies, appointment of Welfare Officers, Counsellors and Law Officers, adoption of the Model Prisons Act, linking of prisons with courts through video conferencing and integrating Prison e-system with the CCTNS project.
The delegates later visited the Tihar Jail which is the largest prison complex in the country to see the Best Practices and Systems in use there.