Delhi jails must be made more disabled friendly: HC

NC Network, New Delhi

The Delhi High Court directed authorities to examine deficiencies and suggestions to make Delhi prisons more accessible for differently-abled people visiting the jails or lodged there as inmates on Monday.

Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar were informed that disability audits of Rohini and Mandoli jails were undertaken by Nipun Malhotra, co-founder of Nipman Foundation that works in the area of health and advocacy for persons with disabilities, and submitted the reports.

A similar audit for Tihar Jail was also conducted.

The bench said that, "Let the director general (prisons) ensure that deficiencies pointed out and suggestions made are considered and rectified immediately."

During the hearing of a batch of PILs on the poor living condition in Tihar jail this direction of court came.  Jails in Delhi were housing thousands of prisoners and some of them suffered from disabilities, and several prison officials were suffering from temporary disabilities.

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