Treatment of political prisoners: The Tribune India


As seen in a statement, the government of Bengal has been less liberal in its decision regarding the treatment of political prisoners than the government of Behar and Orissa. The latter ordered, on the one hand, that all political prisoners who are sentenced to rigorous imprisonment be treated as prisoners of simple imprisonment, and on the other hand that political prisoners, who are sentenced by the courts. to simple imprisonment, are treated as prisoners of the first division are treated in England. This does not go far enough, because what Indian public opinion has demanded is that all political prisoners who suffer for their opinions and beliefs and whose crime does not involve moral turpitude be treated as crimes. first class, because all these prisoners are treated in England. But the Bengal government doesn’t even go as far as the Behar government. The creation of a new class of imprisonment intermediate between simple imprisonment and rigorous imprisonment is based not on the ground that the prisoners are guilty of a political offense, but on the ground of their social position, of their education and their standard of living. There is sufficient room to consider the social position, education and standard of living of an inmate to determine the treatment to be given him, but the main thing to consider is the nature of the offense for which he has been. sentenced. The middle class of imprisonment must be worse than simple imprisonment, which, under the orders of the Behar government, is now the worst form of imprisonment for political prisoners in Behar. The special class of prisoners in Bengal will be assigned “appropriate duties” unlike the same class in Behar who has no work to do; and will have, except in special cases, only special clothes and not their own, as in Behar.


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