Nepal | May 29, 2020

Prisons across country being upgraded

Himalayan News Service
Share Now:

Kathmandu, March 9

The Department of Prison Management has stepped up upgradation of prisons across the country.

An official at the DoPM said a women’s prison was recently completed and brought into operation in Jhumka of Sunsari and construction of men’s prison had been initiated in Bhimphedi, Makwanpur.

Similarly, new buildings have been constructed for Sankhuwasabha and Dhankuta prisons.

A women’s block is under construction in Lalitpur-based Nakkhu Jail and prisons in Dhading, Chitwan, Dang, Rasuwa, Jagannath Dewal (Kathmandu) are being upgraded, while 54 prisons damaged in the earthquakes last year are being repaired.

According to the DoPM, the government is also moving ahead with the process of adopting ‘open prison policy’ to ease the pressure of jailbirds in the already overcrowded prisons and to turn the prisons into correction centres as per the Prison Act, 1963.

“We have already acquired around 535 ropanis of land in Banke for the construction of open prison with the capacity of over 5,000 persons. Currently, we are evaluating tenders from interested companies,” he informed.

The department is also going to make special arrangements to put jailbirds convicted of heinous crimes under special surveillance as such inmates were found operating criminal network from the jails.

A process would be initiated to keep all notorious criminals in Bhimphedi Prison in Makawanpur after developing it as a high security prison.

Crimes including rape, murder, corruption, jailbreak, evasion of customs, abduction and hostage-taking, drug smuggling, proliferation of arms and ammunition, banking offence, human trafficking, and trading in body parts of endangered wild animals and objects of archaeological significance are listed as heinous crimes.

The upgradation of existing prison buildings and construction of new ones will ease the pressure on the already overcrowded prisons, the official said.


A version of this article appears in print on March 10, 2016 of The Himalayan Times.


Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Are we doing enough for the mental health of healthcare workers?

The number of coronavirus patients has been increasing over the past few days in Nepal. In the current scenario, it seems like the numbers would further increase in the coming days. Given that healthcare workers and frontline staff are the first responders to manage the ongoing pandemic with limited Read More...

India open to engaging with Nepal on the basis of mutual sensitivity, respect: MEA India

KATHMANDU: The External Affairs Ministry of India has expressed that it is willing to hold talks with Nepal in regard to the existing boundary issue between the two countries. Speaking at a presser today, the Indian MEA's official spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India is monitoring the situat Read More...

Italy's Serie A gets green light for June 20 restart

Sports minister Spadafora says top-flight soccer can resume Italian Cup matches could be staged before league restarts Serie A will be fourth of Europe's top five leagues to return Juventus hold one point lead over Lazio with 12 games left ROME: Italy's top-flight Serie A soccer le Read More...

English Premier League announces June 17 restart

League to resume season subject to safety requirements Starts with Villa v Sheffield Utd and Man City v Arsenal Full fixture list scheduled for weekend of June 19-21 All of the remaining 92 fixtures to be broadcast live MANCHESTER, ENGLAND: The Premier League season will restart Read More...

UN, AI demand impartial probe into Rukum incident

Kathmandu, May 28 The attention of United Nations in Nepal has been drawn to the incident in Rukum (west), where five Dalit youths lost their lives and two went missing when the Dalit youths were chased by a group of villagers. The Dalit youths had gone to the village to help their friend marry a Read More...

‘Nepali Congress will support new map of Nepal’

Kathmandu, May 28 Nepali Congress Spokesperson Bishwa Prakash Sharma said at a press conference today that his party would stand in favour of the newly issued country’s map when the issue would come up in the Parliament but the party had reserved the right to take an organisational decision on Read More...

SC rules lockdown time as zero period  

Kathmandu, May 28   The Supreme Court today ruled that the period between March 22 and the time when the lockdown would end should be considered zero period for those whose deadline for filing or contesting cases or joining court proceedings had lapsed.   The grand Full bench of the apex Read More...

Zuckerberg distances Facebook from Twitter in Trump fight

SAN FRANCISCO: Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg took pains to distance his company from Twitter and its fight with US President Donald Trump on Thursday, as the White House moved to scrap a law protecting social media companies. Republican Trump, who accuses social media firms of b Read More...