Tripura HC Directs Govt To Take Action Against Jail Officials Over ‘Inhuman’ Frisking Charge

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Agartala, March 13, 2019

The Tripura High Court on March 12th, 2019 directed the State Government to respond to the report filed by District Judge about ‘inhuman’ and ‘barbaric’ frisking of under-trial prisoners in Khowai Sub-Jail. The bench comprising Chief Justice Sanjay Karol and Justice Arindam Lodh, directed the state that, under all circumstances, inmates of all the jails within the State of Tripura shall be searched only in accordance with the provision of the Jail Manual, if any, and under all circumstances keeping in light the human dignity, maintaining absolute privacy, Live Law reported.

According to the report, some undertrials had made complaints before the district and sessions judge about misbehaviour by two warders and one Havildar of the sub-jail. It was alleged that whenever the Undertrial Prisoners return to Jail in the night from Court the warders and the Havildar compel them to remove their garments one by one in the name of checking in security purpose. When they objected to this practice, the cops forced the Under Trial Prisoners to remove even the last piece of clothes from their body in presence of the other Under Trial Prisoners and convicts of the Sub-Jail.

Situation within Jail is very alarming, if the situation is not brought under control, very shortly anything may happen, the District and Sessions Judge had said in his letter to the High court. The judge said that he has verified the authenticity of the complaint and added that what happens in sub-jail is ‘very much shocking and disgusting and it is nothing a Barbarism’, the report stated further.