SC orders district-wise review of facilities in jails for women

Syllabus: GS-III

Subject: Society and Social Justice.

Topic: Welfare schemes, mechanisms, laws, and institutions related to women

Issue: Pregnancies in Women Jail.

Context: Concerns over pregnancies in West Bengal jails, with 62 children born to inmates over four years. Supreme Court ordered review of infrastructure and security in women’s jails nationwide.


  • District committees to inspect conditions led by senior women judicial and police officers.
  • Focus areas include security, hygiene, healthcare, and welfare measures for inmates and children.

Data Point:

  • According to Prison Statistics India 2022 by NCRB, out of 1,330 total prisons in the country, only 34 are Women’s Jails.
  • Sixteen States/UTs have Women’s Jails.



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