Agenda 7: Children living with mothers in Jail and visits to jail and legal aid to weaker sections:
The issues raised by Dr. Lenin Raghuvanshi, Convener, PVCHR were taken note of. It was clarified that such issues were always reported upon by the Special Rapporteurs of NHRC and action was initiated with the help of State Governments by the NHRC from time to time. Member (JBCP) was of the view that a separate jail for women prisoners having children should actually solve all the problems but same was not possible.
Ms. Puja Marwah of CRY further opined that all the guidelines of Supreme Court and NHRC should be strictly followed by all the jails. Also, psychological needs of the inmates should be taken note of. Dr.Ruth Manorama, President, National Alliance of Women (NAWO) stated that in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka such problems were rampant in jails. Shri Mathews Philip, Executive Director, SICHREM indicated that NHRC should give directions based on earlier guidelines to all the jails. Shri R.S.Chaurasia, Chairperson of Bachpan Bachao Andolan felt that a separate cell for women and children should facilitate the solution.
Dr.Ruth, in addition, brought forward the pathetic condition of Beggar Homes in Karnataka. It was affecting the health and hygiene of both mother and children. Intervention of NHRC was, therefore, required.
The Chairperson, NHRC took note of issues raised in the Agenda items 6&7 and decided to write a letter to all the Chief Justices. Apart from the need for ensuring legal aide, he reiterated the implementation of guidelines of Supreme Court and NHRC in respect of conditions prevailing in jails.
Please read the article of Dr.Archana Kaushik:
Agenda for the Core Group of Ngos Meeting on 22.03.2013 by Peoples' Vigilance Committee on Human rights