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Tihar Jail Violence: No Quick-Fix Solutions, Judicial Reforms Necessary

By Naziya Perveen

South Asia’s largest prison - Tihar Jail - has about 20,500 inmates, while the sanctioned strength to accommodate prisoners is just about 10,500. Overcrowded cells, collusion between inmates and corrupt officials and an indifferent administration have turned the jail into a hotbed of crime. Experts say an emphasis on judicial reforms might be the way forward to make Tihar a more habitable facility for prisoners.