Vol , Issue Date of Publication: May 10, 2024
DOI: https://doi.org/10.20529/IJME.2024.028

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Prison systems must embrace disability rights as a human rights imperative

Shruti Tripathi
Shreya Tripathi
Satendra Singh
For decades, India has been a staunch supporter of the human rights regime. However, lately, its positive role has been jeopardised by glaring instances of human rights violations against prisoners, especially those with disabilities. Since the edifice of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the subsequent Rights of Persons with Disabilities Act emphasises non-discrimination and reasonable accommodation, our policies, laws, and procedures need to be aligned with the human rights model of disability. We offer insights into the current challenges and propose disability-inclusive prison reforms, advocating for data disaggregation, legislative amendments, accessibility measures, and decision-making autonomy support. Upholding ethical healthcare standards is vital. Adhering to human rights principles and legal mandates in policymaking is crucial to combat systemic injustices and ensure equitable access to justice for all.

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