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Supreme Court toughens stance on prison monitoring, seeks report from Home Ministry: Pushing for stronger monitoring of prisons, the Supreme Court of India has once again emphasized the constitution of Boards of Visitors (BOVs) in jails and directed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to submit a status report by March 31.  This is at least the fifth time in 20 years that the highest court in the land has intervened on this issue. The BOV is designed to oversee prison conditions in India’s country’s short-staffed, overcrowded and neglected jails.  The Supreme Court’s direction followed a presentation by Amicus Curiae Gaurav Aggarwal, who pointed out that as of December 2014, less than one percent of jails in the country were actually being monitored as required by law. He placed this information before the court based on the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) report, “Looking into the Haze: A Study of Prison Monitoring in India”.  At the last hearing on the case ‘Re – Inhuman Conditions In 1382 Prisons’, the Court directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit a status report by March 31 on “whether the Board of Visitors for jails is available and frequency of its visit and the steps taken to implement the recommendations given.”

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Supreme Court toughens stance on prison monitoring, seeks report from Home Ministry: Pushing for stronger monitoring of prisons, the Supreme Court of India has once again emphasized the constitution of Boards of Visitors (BOVs) in jails and directed the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) to submit a status report by March 31.  This is at least the fifth time in 20 years that the highest court in the land has intervened on this issue. The BOV is designed to oversee prison conditions in India’s country’s short-staffed, overcrowded and neglected jails.  The Supreme Court’s direction followed a presentation by Amicus Curiae Gaurav Aggarwal, who pointed out that as of December 2014, less than one percent of jails in the country were actually being monitored as required by law. He placed this information before the court based on the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) report, “Looking into the Haze: A Study of Prison Monitoring in India”.  At the last hearing on the case ‘Re – Inhuman Conditions In 1382 Prisons’, the Court directed the Ministry of Home Affairs to submit a status report by March 31 on “whether the Board of Visitors for jails is available and frequency of its visit and the steps taken to implement the recommendations given.”