Nepal | October 23, 2020

Rautahat prison bursting at the seams

Himalayan News Service
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Rautahat, August 20

Jailbirds in Rautahat District Prison are facing a tough time as the prison houses more inmates than its capacity. The dilapidated condition of the prison has also added to the woes of prisoners.

The prison houses double the number of inmates than its capacity. The prison has the capacity to house 120 prisoners. However, there are 294 jailbirds at present.

According to the prison administration, jailbirds have been kept in makeshift tents due to lack of space in the two buildings of the prison. Jailer Shambhu Yadav said due to space crunch some male inmates had been kept in the female cell. There are 12 female and 284 male jailbirds in the prison at present. Yadav said there was no problem in female cell, but male inmates were facing serious problems.

Chief District Officer Kiran Thapa said all prisons across the country had been housing more inmates than their capacity. CDO Thapa said they did not have space to construct a new building at the exiting place so they were panning to build a new prison at a different location.


A version of this article appears in print on August 21, 2019 of The Himalayan Times.


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