//`Over stay of life convicts causing rights crisis'

`Over stay of life convicts causing rights crisis'

Prisoners’ relatives plan protest near High Court KOCHI: “My husband has been behind bars for 12 years, but most of his co-prisoners guilty of the same crime were released years ago,” Ms. Thankamani of Alappuzha, whose husband Kodiyan has been serving life term in the Somarajan murder case, complained at a meeting of prisoners’ relatives and human rights activists held here on Sunday. “My husband too should have been released long ago as he has now completed 21 years including Government remissions and the years he has saved,” she said. “I raised two children all on my own. By keeping my husband behind bars, the Government is actually punishing me and my two children.” Thankamani and other relatives of life convicts in Kerala’s jails have now organised themselves to press Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to keep his promise of release of life convicts recommended by the State Prisoners’ Review Committee in accordance with Article 161 of the Constitution. The Chief Minister had, according to the organisers of the meeting, promised during last Onam that his Government would take steps to get all those who had completed 14 years (including remission period and other savings) released. http://www.hindu.com/2006/01/23/stories/2006012319210300.htm