Socio-Psychological Problems of Women Prisoners in Indian Prisons

Monday, 16 July 2018: 10:45
Oral Presentation
Pritanshu SHRIVASTAVA, Bar council of India, India
Deepti SHRIVASTAVA, Govt. Girls Autonomus College Bhopal, India
Bhavna SHRIVASTAVA, Government Girls college Bhopal, India
The UN Standard Minimum Rules for treatment of prisoners adopted more than 53 years ago, did not draw sufficient attention to women’s particular needs. However, with the increase of the women prisoner population worldwide, the necessity to bring more clarity to considerations, which should apply to the treatment of Female prisoners, has acquired importance and urgency. Though, these rules and principles contain only a handful of provisions specifically directed to women and girl prisoners.

In recent decades, the number of women under criminal justice supervision has
increased dramatically. As against 11094 women detained in the Indian prisons during 2001, there are 17930 women prisoners in 2015, indicating a 61.61 % increase in women prison population over the year 2001in 2015.Innocent accompanied children are also leaving with these women prisoners. These women facing several problems. Women offenders typically come from economically and socially disadvantaged segments of society. Typically, they are young, unemployed, have low levels of education, and have dependent children. Many have histories of alcohol and substance abuse. A high proportion of women offenders have experienced violence or sexual abuse before incarceration.

Present Paper is based on some problems faced by women prisoners

Methodology: Present Study is an Empirical study. Women Prisoner Of five Indian states are included as the universe of this study to make sample most effective at national level viz. Utter-Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh And Bihar, Maharashtra and West Bengal. State Selection is based on Subject to the maximum number of women prisoners.