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India: rules laid down to prevent inmate suicide in jail

Superintendents of jails have been asked to conduct an environmental audit in jail to find aout vulnerable places and articles that may help inmates commit suicide and take immediate preventive measures.

Preventive measures could have been taken to protect former prisoners who committed suicide, said a 16-point circular sent by the director general to all jail authorities on Wednesday. According to this order, all wells inside the jail should be fenced withgrated doors and locks.

The jail authorities have also been advised to keep inmates with suicidal tendencies under CCTV surveillance.

The cells or isolation wards shall be properly searched and appliances or articles that facilitate suicides should be removed. Knives and other tools used in work, barbers or tailors, should be counted and locked by the warders every day.

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