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Goa Human Rights Commission Takes Action: Male Officers Restricted in Women’s Wards at Central Jail

The Goa Human Rights Commission has issued a directive to the central jail in Colvale, instructing that male officers must be accompanied by female wardens during visits to the wards of women prisoners.

By: Team Pardaphash  Pardaphash Group
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Goa Human Rights Commission Takes Action: Male Officers Restricted in Women’s Wards at Central Jail

Goa : In response to a complaint lodged by female inmates at the central jail in Colvale last June, the Goa Human Rights Commission has issued a pivotal directive. Concerns were raised regarding male officers making unsupervised visits to women’s wards, causing discomfort and harassment.

Commission’s Firm Stance on Rule Adherence

Citing Rule 1445 of the recently enacted Goa Prisons Rules, 2021, the Commission has emphasized stringent regulations. Adult males are explicitly prohibited from entering female wards without a legitimate duty. The directive permits emergency night visits, but even then, male officers must be accompanied by a female warder or officer. Comprehensive records of such visits, including reasons and timings, must be meticulously documented in the jail’s report book.

Jail’s Assurance and Commission’s Call for Compliance

Following a previous inquiry prompted by the Commission, the jail authorities asserted that male officers were consistently accompanied by their female counterparts during visits. However, to ensure compliance, the Commission has urged the central jail in Colvale to strictly adhere to these rules, guaranteeing that male officers are always accompanied by female wardens.

Transparency and Accountability: Displaying the Inquiry Report

As part of their commitment to transparency, the Commission has directed the central jail to prominently display a copy of the inquiry report on the notice board outside the women’s block. This step aims to inform inmates and visitors about the measures being taken to address their concerns.

Forwarding Recommendations for Necessary Action

The Commission has taken a proactive approach by not only addressing the immediate issue but also ensuring that the inquiry report, along with recommendations, reaches the relevant authorities. This ensures that necessary actions are taken to safeguard the dignity and security of women inmates in the long run.

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