Taking suo motu cognizance of a media report highlighting an exhaustive report titled 'Prisons of Bihar:- Status Report 2015' prepared by activist and researcher, Smita Chakraburty, the Commission has issued notices to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Prisons, Government of Bihar and asked for a response within four weeks.
Smita Chakraburty was assigned the project by Justice V N Sinha, Judge of Patna High Court and Executive Chairman, Bihar State Legal Services Authority and asked to visit all the 58 prisons of Bihar to study the living conditions and submit a report.
"Although it is not oblivious of the ills plaguing the prison system in the country as a whole, the present cover story discloses gross violation of human rights of the prisoners who are under the care and custody of the state," observed the Commission.
Reportedly, Chakraburty interviewed as many as 30,070 inmates during the course of her study. The final report was released on November, 15, 2015.
The report is stated to be an eye opener and throws light on the denial of basic human rights of prisoners in Bihar and points to the urgent need for prison reforms across the country.


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