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Panel Discussion on “Bail Not Jail : How undertrial detention is one of India’s most ignored problems”

July 10, 2017

Bangalore International Centre is organising Panel Discussion on “Bail Not Jail : How undertrial detention is one of India’s most ignored problems”

Panelists: Vetrimaaran, Dr. Murali Karnam, H.N. Sathyanarayana Rao, Leah Verghese.
Moderated by Asmita Basu

India’s Law Commission says that bail should be graded unless the accused is at risk of absconding. The Supreme Court says bail not jail should be the default option. But is this viable and how does it help a Population of 280,800 undertrials, 2/3rd of India’s jail population? The discussion centres around Amnesty International India’s briefing on undertrial detention across the country’s district and central jails and will focus on several aspects of undertrial detention including poor legal aid, ball and arbitrary arrests and early release under Section 436A of CrPC.

About the briefing around which the discussion is centred
Justice Under Trial: A study of Undertrial Detention in India, is a briefing by Amnesty International India that looks at the state of undertrials in India across the country’s district and central jails. The briefing looks into poor legal aid. production in court home ministry guidelines, early release under Section 436A of CrPC.

VETRIMAARAN, is an Indian filmn director. screenwriter and film producer He is the winner of four National and one Filmfare Award. His movie Visaranai (2016). which deals with undertrial detention. Police brutality and corruption was selected as India’s official entry to Academy Awards.

DR. MURALI KARNAM has been part of human nghts movement for two decades and holds a doctorate on prison reforms and colonial penal system. He was associated with Prison Reform Prison Programme of Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative for 5 years and taught law in Tata institutue of Social Sciences, Mumbai for 4 years.

H.N SATHYANARAYANA RAO. is the Director General & Inspector General of Prisons, Karnataka. He is a 1985 batch IPS officer belonging to the Karnataka cadre.

LEAH VERGHESE. is a senior campaigner and researcher at Amnesty International India where she works on undetrial detention. She is a Fulbright Fellow and a graduate of the School of International and Public Affairs. Columbia University. She has a law degree from the National Law School of India University. Bangalore.

ASMITA BASU, is the programmes director at Amnesty International India. A Chevening Scholar and Fulbright Fellow, she is a lawyer with over fifteen years of experience working on women’s rights and human rights law and policy as a researcher, consultant and senior management in the NGO/ development sector.

Panel Discussion on Wednesday | 12th July 2017 | 6.30 PM.

Bangalore International Centre
TERI Complex,
4th Main, 2nd Cross,
Domlur II Stage,
Bangalore – 560071.

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