Maharashtra: 19 ‘unnatural’ deaths from 2012 to 2015

A bench headed by Justice V K Tahilramani directed the government to file an affidavit in relation to the 19 unnatural deaths giving details, such as cause of death and whether compensation has been paid to their families. The Bombay High Court was recently informed that 19 unnatural deaths had taken place in Maharashtra prisons between 2012 and 2015. The court was hearing a suo motu PIL to compensate families of prisoners who have met with “unnatural death” in jails since 2012 and to initiate prison reforms. The Supreme Court had last month directed high courts to lodge suo motu PILs on the issue. Amicus curiae (friend of the court) Manjiri Shah informed the court that according to Prison Statistics India 2015, prepared by the National Crime Records Bureau, 19 unnatural deaths have taken place in prisons in the state from 2012 to 2015. A bench headed by Justice V K Tahilramani directed the government to file an affidavit in relation to the 19 unnatural deaths giving details, such as cause of death and whether compensation has been paid to their families. “The affidavit contains similar details relating to unnatural deaths in prisons in Maharashtra in 2016 and 2017,” said the court. It has also sought a report from the Maharashtra State Legal Services that has undertaken a study of all prisons in Maharashtra. The court has kept the matter for further hearing on November 27. Credit : The Indian Express