Breaking News: Concerns Raised as Female Prisoners Reportedly Becoming Pregnant in West Bengal Correctional Facilities

The Calcutta High Court was informed on Thursday that female prisoners across West Bengal are reportedly becoming pregnant while in custody, prompting serious concerns over the conditions and safety of inmates within the state's correctional facilities.

According to statements made by the amicus curiae to the High Court, an estimated 196 babies were born to female prisoners in various correctional facilities in West Bengal, highlighting the gravity of the situation.

The disclosure of pregnancies among incarcerated individuals has ignited a flurry of inquiries regarding the adequacy of supervision, access to reproductive health services, and protection from abuse or exploitation within the prison environment.

The alarming number of pregnancies underscores potential lapses in the systems designed to ensure the safety and welfare of prisoners, raising urgent questions about the effectiveness of existing measures.

The High Court's swift attention to this matter signals a recognition of the need for immediate accountability and remedial action to safeguard the rights and dignity of female prisoners.

Addressing the root causes contributing to pregnancies in custody, such as inadequate healthcare provisions, security measures, and oversight, will be paramount to prevent further instances and uphold the humane treatment of all individuals in the criminal justice system.

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