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'Bangladeshi nationals highest in Indian jails'

  • Published at 10:45 am August 30th, 2021
The distinguished panel of the webinar titled “Rights of the incarcerated in South Asia” held on Sunday, August 29, 2021 Courtesy

At least 2,513 Bangladeshis currently locked up in jails across India

The highest number of foreign prisoners in jails across India are from Bangladesh, said speakers during a webinar.

According to the data provided, at least 2,513 Bangladeshis are now locked up in the neigbouring country. 

Of them, 1,470 have been convicted in different terms and the rest 1,043 are undergoing trials. 

This constitutes 64% and 35% respectively of all the foreign nationals jailed and put under trial in India.

The statistics were presented during a webinar titled “Rights of the incarcerated in South Asia” organized by South Asia Peace Action Network (SAPAN) on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the prison population rate in Bangladesh is around 35 prisoners per 10,000 population. Meanwhile, the prison occupancy level in the country, based on official capacity, stands at a whopping 195.8%.

Bangladesh is one of the top three countries of the world with the highest proportion of detainees. There are only two countries in the world that have a higher proportion of total prison population in pre-trial/remand imprisonment than Bangladesh — Libya (90%) and San Marino (83%), according to the World Prison Brief (WPB).

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As stated by the World Prison Brief’s (WPB) latest update, there are over 71,000 people in pre-trial/remand imprisonment in Bangladesh, constituting 81.3% of total prisoners. 

Two decades ago, the number of pre-trial and remand imprisoned people was 44,368, amounting to 74.6% of the total jail population.

Eminent photographer and activist Shahidul Alam, who attended the event, shared his experience of being incarcerated for 107 days.

He said: “During my time in jail, I got very much involved in the prison reformation. I along with the other prisoners started practicing artwork inside the jail. We made murals and paintings. We also set up a library and built a gym. 

“The prisoners were able to create 40 original songs with the help of some musical instruments provided by my friends.”

“Of course I wouldn’t recommend people to go to jail, but my time inside was very productive,” he added.

Among others, noted Indian journalist Bharat Bhushan anchored the session while notable human rights advocates including Vrinda Grover, from India, Hina Jilani from Pakistan, Sultana Kamal from Bangladesh, Ambika Satkunathan from Sri Lanka, and Mandira Sharma from Nepal also participated in the virtual session.