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The Supreme Court has taken cognizance of the pregnancy of female inmates in West Bengal jails

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Friday took cognizance of the issue of some female inmates getting pregnant in West Bengal jails.

The apex court asked amicus curiae to look into the matter and submit a report

A bench comprising Justice Sanjay Kumar and Justice Ahsanuddin Amanullah agreed to look into the matter and asked senior advocate Gaurav Agrawal, who was earlier appointed as amicus curiae by the Supreme Court, to assist him in the case related to overcrowding of prisons, to look into the matter and send a report.

What did the amicus curiae tell the Calcutta High Court on Thursday?

Advocate Tapas Kumar Bhanja, who was appointed by the Calcutta High Court as amicus curiae in a suo motu case in 2018 on overcrowding in prisons in the state of West Bengal, told a high court headed by Chief Justice TS Sivagnanam that some prisons had filed in in various prisons in the state of West Bengal became pregnant and 196 children were said to have been born in these prisons.

Amicus curiae pointed out some serious issues: High Court

Bhanja also submitted a note to the Supreme Court with various issues including pregnancy of women inmates in jails and suggestions on how to solve the problem, which took cognizance of Bhanja’s submissions, saying it pointed out some serious problems, and ordered the case to be handed over to the crime branch.

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“For effective adjudication of all these matters, we feel it is appropriate to refer the matter to the Hon’ble Division Bench, which decides the criminal list,” the high court ordered.

The amicus curiae proposed a complete ban on male employees entering prison enclosures

Bhanja proposed a complete ban on male prison employees entering the female prison enclosures to solve the problem of female prisoners getting pregnant in prisons.

In 2018, a Division Bench of the High Court, headed by the then Chief Justice of the High Court, initiated a soo motu case on the issue of overcrowding in correctional facilities in the state of West Bengal and all cases filed earlier on the issue. were marked with this petition suo motu and were heard together in the High Court.

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