he state government has finally woken up to the Parappana Agrahara jail authorities’ proposal to shift all the women prisoners to Tumkur jail, which had remained closed for three years. An approval for the two-year-old proposal by the government would mean the state will have its first women’s central prison.
Recently, the Centre had ordered all states to have a women’s prison.
Only for convicted prisoners
There are 158 women prisoners at Parappana Agrahara, including 68 convicts and 90 undertrials. Only the convicted prisoners will be shifted to the new jail, while undertrials will remain where they are.
The jail authorities are seeking the permission of convicted women prisoners for shifting them to Tumkur jail, which has been
Women convicts from Parappana Agrahara jail as well as those from other central prisons across the state will be shifted to the new jail.
With this, the number of central prisons in the state has gone up to eight. Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh have two central prisons exclusively for women convicts, while Karnataka was the only southern state not to have even one women’s central prison till now.
Additional Director General of Police (Prisons) K V Gagandeep told Bangalore Mirror: “Already , 20 women convicts have been housed in the Women’s Central Prison in Tumkur. Prisoners sentenced to death will be sent to Belgaum’s Hindalaga prison and those convicted to Tumkur jail. We will shift the prisoners only after obtaining their consent.”
New prison can house 200 inmates
According to the jail authorities, the city’s central jail cannot accommodate all the women prisoners. Tumkur jail can house 200 prisoners.
Meanwhile, it is learnt some convicts in Parappana Agrahara jail are refusing to move to the new jail as they have got accustomed to the current jail.