"#Justice seems very costly for the poor in India," said Lenin Raghuvanshi, who heads a group called the People's Vigilance Committee of Human Rights. "Have you ever seen a rich businessman or powerful politician languishing in jail for that long? No. They have money, power, and can turn the case on its head and roam free."
Most prisoners awaiting trial are poor minorities with little understanding of judicial procedure, #Raghuvanshi said. "The police are under pressure to solve criminal cases, so they arrest the poor because they know they are not in a position to contest."
The jails and #prisons of Uttar Pradesh, one of India's poorest and most populous states, are some of country's most overcrowded, with an occupancy rate of 172 percent compared with the nationwide rate of 112 percent, according to jail administration official R.K. Dwivedi.
The National Human Rights Commission published a recent report detailing a brutal life for the poor behind bars.
LUCKNOW, India (AP) — Sixteen-year-old Suraj Chaudhry has been waiting for most of his life: for lawyers, for justice, for his father's eventual release from the prison after 14 years.