Do Something For People Languishing In Jails For Petty Offences: President Droupadi Murmu On Constitution Day

New Delhi: President Droupadi Murmu on Saturday urged courts to help people languishing in jails for petty offenses as they are unaware of their fundamental rights or duties laid down in Part IV-A of the Constitution.

President while speaking at the valedictory function of the ‘Constitution Day’ organized by the Supreme Court in the national capital.

President Murmu said that “You [courts] should do something for these people. They are languishing in jails for many years.”

She also pointed out that many, who have taken the lives of others are roaming free but those booked for petty offences are still lodged in jails.

President Murmu added that “Legislature, executive, judiciary need to have ‘one thinking’ for the country and its people.”

President Murmu said, “Increasing the number of jails does not qualify as development. We should introspect, instead, on why there should be jails in the first place.”

She said the courts are for the people and by the people and, hence, must think about the people.

Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Union Law and Justice Minister Kiren Rijiju were also present at the event.

(With Agency Inputs)

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