GoI amends jail manual after Guru’s hanging

GoI amends jail manual after Guru’s hanging

NEW DELHI:  Government has come out with a new prison manual which will ensure death row convicts get a final meeting with family members before execution and legal aid at all stages even after rejection of mercy petitions.
The new rules came three years after the government of India faced flak for not informing the family members of Afzal Guru, the Parliament attack convict, before his hanging in Delhi’s Tihar jail.
The new model prison manual consisting of 32 chapters aims at bringing in basic uniformity in laws, rules and regulations governing the administration of prisons and the management of prisoners all over the country.
Provision of legal aid to prisoners sentenced to death at all stages, even after rejection of mercy petitions, facilitating and allowing a final meeting between a prisoner and his family have been incorporated in new Chapter XII (Chapter XI of the 2003 Manual).