The data of Prison Statistics – 2019 of National Crime Records Bureau.reveals that Tamil Nadu has lodged the highest number of detainees (1,240) accounting to 39 per cent of the total 3,183 in the country. Gujarat comes next in the tally, with a total of 698 detainees, followed by Jammu & Kashmir with 373.
It says the State is also the second in the country for admitting inmates to hospital for treatment – 38,748 times accounting to 8.1 per cent. The data says 56 convicts, 21 undertrial inmates suffered mental illness, and 58 inmates died (including 5 unnatural deaths— 4 suicide, 1 murder) in the prisons, during the last year.
Thirty-six security personnel under the command of the Union Home Ministry died by suicide in 2019, taking the number of such cases to 433 in six years, according to the latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data.
Of the 433 suicide deaths among the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel during the six-year period, the least (28) number of cases was reported in 2018 and the maximum (175) in 2014, the data showed.
The number of inmates in prisons in India has increased over the past one year, according to data released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB). The data showed that jails across India remained overcrowded in 2019, lodging 4.78 lakh prisoners against the actual capacity of 4.03 lakh. Prisons were also under-staffed, with a sanctioned strength of 87,599 personnel, while the actual strength was 60,787 as on December 31, 2019.
As per state and UT-wise pattern, five suicides were reported in Rajasthan followed by Tamil Nadu (4) and Arunachal Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jammu and Kashmir, Nagaland, Tripura & Delhi UT (3 each) during 2019, the data stated.