Fewer undertrials might solve prison overcrowding, says NHRC

National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Justice (retd) KG Balakrishnan on Thursday said overcrowding in Indian prisons can be reduced if the number of undertrials is brought down.

IANS| Updated: Nov 13, 2014, 13:50 PM IST

New Delhi: National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) chairperson Justice (retd) KG Balakrishnan on Thursday said overcrowding in Indian prisons can be reduced if the number of undertrials is brought down.

"If a charge sheet is being filed and there is no indication that the accused may influence witnesses or the evidence, what is the reason of keeping him behind bars," Balakrishnan told a news agency at a two-day national seminar on prison reforms.

He also said steps should be taken to decrease problems in jails. "State governments should invest to build more jails and improve infrastructure," he said. 

Many prison and government officials attended the seminar and informed the participants on the status of the prisons in their respective states.

The seminar will conclude on Friday.