Updated: March 14, 2014 3:34:51 pm
The inmate population in the country has grown by 3.27 per cent,from 3,72,926 in 2011 to 3,85,135 in 2012.
A National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report released recently shows the number of prisoners aged above 50 has grown from 47,458 to 52,864,a massive jump of 11.39 per cent.
The number of undertrials over 50 has grown by 17 per cent,from 25,949 to 30,591.
On the other hand,the number of inmates in the 18-30 age bracket has dipped by 0.88 per cent. There were 1,64,147 young inmates in 2011 and 1,62,694 in 2012. The number of convicts over 50 increased by 5.01 per cent,from 20,979 in 2011 to 22,032 in 2012.
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The number of undertrials over 50 went up 17 per cent,from 25,949 to 30,591.
Sociologists attributed the growth in the number of inmates over 50 to the increase in the number of economic crimes in the country.
There has been a spurt in reporting of economic crime. These crimes require a degree of sophistication and experience. The increase in the number of inmates over 50 could be related to the rising number of economic crimes, said Vijay Raghavan,associate professor and chairperson of Centre for Criminology and Justice,Tata Institute of Social Sciences.
The NCRB data further show the number of convicts serving time has dipped by 0.62 per cent,from 1,28,592 in 2011 to 1,27,789 in 2012.
The number of undertrials has,however,gone up by 5.66 per cent,from 2,41,200 to 2,54,857. The number of female inmates has increased by 5.78 per cent,from 16,024 to 16,951.
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