Prisoners Facing Health Problems Due to Overcrowding in District Jail

  May 18, 2024 By: INSEC

The Prisoners in the District Jail, Bhairahawa, are facing various health problems due to overcrowding.There are currently 497 prisoners and detainees in the district jail, which has a capacity of 150 people. Among them 265 are prisoners and 232 are detainees.

In addition, 116 individuals are serving prison sentences for rape, 112 for drug abuse, five for trafficking, 55 for killing, seven for polygamy, 16 for attempted killing, five for abduction and holding hostages, 28 for vehicular manslaughter, 55 for theft, 12 for crimes related to banks, and 29 for robbery. Prisoners are facing problems regarding sleep and toilets as they have to wait for their turn due to overcrowding. Additionally, they are getting skin infections and other skin related diseases due to the failure to maintain physical distance according to the standards of the World Health Organization.

Jagat Basnet, Chief Jailer of the District Jail Rupandehi, said that 75% of those living in the Jail have skin infections. He further stated that the capacity of the prison is 150. And emphasized to think about what will be the situation in summer days when the number of people accommodated here is three times higher than the capacity. There is a situation where inmates are deprived of basic needs and have to wait for their turn even to use the toilet and take a shower.

Ramesh Nepal, a health worker in the jail, said that 75% of the prisoners are suffering from skin diseases. Additionally, 14 of them are taking medication for blood pressure, 17 are diabetic, two have HIV infection, 37 have eye problems, 12 are suffering from diseases related to the nose, ear, and throat, four have thyroid issues, 10 have piles, 15 have joint problems, 18 have gastric issues, and 20 have dental problems. In terms of age group, there are people ranging from 18 to 70 years old. Among them, there are three senior citizens above 65 years of age.

One prisoner from the queer community is in jail because he couldn’t afford the bail set by the court at Rs 300,000. The government has been providing Rs 80 and 700 grams of rice daily for the inmates in the jail.

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