BANGALORE: They have been suffering behind prison walls as pending defendants for years, only to emphasize what a curse it is to exist in a world dominated by men. The city central jail has only five women police constables (WPCs), while the number of women undertrial is 60 out of the total 78 women prisoners. These are the stories of such women undertrials, who are typically the third, fourth, or fifth accused in murder cases. While the male inmates have access to women constables to accompany them to courts for hearing their cases, the female inmates do not. Furthermore, they are unable to provide surety to the courts in order to obtain bail due to their poverty. In addition to their problems, these women defendants lack education. Until judgements are rendered, there is no prospect that they will be released on bond. Jayamma Ramalingam, a woman in her mid-30s, has been held in police custody for almost five years without being tried. Naturally, her husband has abandoned her and she has no idea where her eight-year-old boy is. Even worse is the case of Rajamma Muniyappa (40+), who has rebelled out of sheer dejection and lack of family support. “Then there is the aged Akkayyamma, who with time and waning physical health, hardly hopes for justice,” notes Dr. S. Sujatha, chairperson of Ashraya International Trust, which has contributed in the last six years towards the rehabilitation of women prisoners. Earlier, D. They informed him of the miserable situation facing female detainees. In order to prevent them from being kept apart from their mothers’ care and emotional security, she advised setting up a creche for the children of these convicts. When contacted, DIG Prisons B.S. Abbai responded, “We are aware of the matter. We will inform the city police commissioner, the DG, and the IGP of the current situation in the hopes that the issue can be resolved as soon as possible.
PATNA: On Monday, the Saran police detained one of the suspects in the rape of a 16-year-old girl as she was walking home from a