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India, Nepal: poor sanitation in jails

Prisoners in Orissa state, India and in Sunsari District, eastern Nepal, are being deprived of proper sanitation and safe drinking paper, according to local newspaper reports.

India, Orissa

At a meeting in April 2011 on jail administration, Orissa’s Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik asked officials about sanitation and drinking water arrangements in state prisons. Inspector General of Prisons Pranabindu Acharya said he was making arrangements for aqua guards (water purifiers) in some of the jails. In most of the jails toilet facilities were poor and insufficient for the inmates, officials admitted. With more than 12,000 inmates in 86 jails in the State, overcrowding was a problem in at least 18 jails. In many jails, “conditions are appalling”, especially in tehsil (county) level jails where not even rudimentary conveniences have been provided.

While the Directorate of Prisons has made arrangements to invest 13.7 million rupees (US$ 305,000) for water supply and sanitation in at least 24 jails, the Chief Minister asked for a greater allocation of funds.

Source: The Pioneer, 08 Apr 2011

Nepal, Sunsari

The 524 inmates and staff at the regional jail in Jhumka, Sunsari district, have been deprived of safe drinking water and well-managed toilets.

“The jail administration has made written requests to the jail department and Ministry of Home Affairs several times for managing safe drinking water and constructing well-managed toilets but to no avail,” said jailor Bhojraj Regmi.

Source: Naya Patrika / NGO Forum, 09 Jan 2011

Related news: Human rights: UN investigator tells of horrors and insanitary conditions of world prisons, E-Source, 12 Nov 2009

Nepal: unsafe drinking water and sanitation in jails

The National Human Rights Commission Regional Office Banke has demanded an explanation from the chief district officer and jail administration on the issue of the 85 prisoners in Bardiya jail who are compelled to drink arsenic contaminated water. The Commission asked why no alternative source of drinking water was found for the prisoners despite the fact that 60 ppb (parts per billion) of arsenic [water with more than 50 ppb is unfit for drinking] was detected in all five tube wells installed for them.

Nepal Water Supply Corporation and Nepal Red Cross Society Bardiya Chapter tested water of the tube wells in Bardiya jail recently. They have urged the prisoners not to drink contaminated water of the tube wells. But, the jail administration stated that it is incapable to manage alternative source of water in the jail

Source: Naya Patrika / NGO Forum, 11 Aug 2008 ; Naya Patrika / NGO Forum, 29 Jul 2008

Prisoners, as well as prison officials, in Khandbari prison, Sankhuwasabha, have been suffering from diarrhoea and dysentery for a week due to the lack of safe drinking water and proper sanitation. management of waste within the jail.

Source: NGO Forum, 15 Aug 2008

Prisoners in Kanchanpur prison are luckier. They now have access to safe drinking water after the International Red Crross constructed a 5,000 litre-tank water tank in the prison.

Source: Gorkhapatra / NGO Forum, 14 Aug 2008