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‘Population in prisons increased by 3.27% in ’12’

Maximum increase in number of inmates aged over 50

Written by Zeeshan Shaikh | Mumbai |
Updated: April 8, 2014 12:25:11 pm

The population of inmates in Indian jails increased by 3.27 per cent last year. While the figure was 3,72,926 inmates in 2011,it rose to 3,85,135 in 2012.

The Prison Statistics Report for the year 2012,released recently by the National Crime Record Bureau,shows prisoners aged over 50 years have shown the highest percentage (11.39 per cent) of growth — from 47,458 in 2011 to 52,864 in 2012.

The total number of undertrials over the age of 50 has also grown by 17 per cent — from 25,949 in 2011 to 30,591 in 2012. The number of convicts over 50 years of age has,however,increased by only 5.01% — from 20,979 in 2011 to 22,032 in 2012.

The number of young inmates in the 18-30 age bracket has shown a slight dip of 0.88 per cent. Their numbers have reduced from 1,64,147 in 2011 to 1,62,694 in 2012.

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Sociologist claim that the growth in the number of inmates aged over 50 years could be because of the increasing number of economic offences that the country is witnessing.

“There has been a spurt in the reporting of economic crimes in the country. These crimes require a degree of sophistication and experience. There is a possibility that the increase in the number of inmates aged above 50 could be related to the rising number of economic crimes,” says Dr Vijay Raghavan,Associate Professor and Chairperson,Centre for Criminology and Justice,Tata Institute of Social Sciences.

The NCRB data further shows the total number of convicts who are serving time has dipped by 0.62 per cent from 1,28,592 in 2011 to 1,27,789 in 2012. The total number of undertrials has however increased by 5.66 per cent — from 2,41,200 in 2011 to 2,54,857 in 2012.

The total number of female inmates in the country has also increased by 5.78 per cent — from 16,024 in 2011 to 16,951 in 2012. The number of foreign prisoners has grown by 13 per cent — from 6,023 in 2011 to 6,844 in 2012.

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