The Maharashtra government, on Wednesday, came to a decision that the rape convicts in the state would no longer be granted parole. The state government also decided to not grant parole to convicts for other serious offences like child trafficking. Earlier last week, the Maharashtra Home Department had put all parole applications on hold and said that no parole was to be granted till the revised rules were notified to the public. The state government was facing serious criticism after revelations that the state had the highest number of parole violations. The Bombay High Court had earlier criticised the state government of extending actor Sanjay Dutt’s parole . Dutt was convicted in the case of the 1993 serial bomb blasts. The government was criticised and accused of discriminating between Dutt and other convicts.
However, the convicts would be eligible for an “emergency” parole under three circumstances only. The first of them being the death or serious illness of father, mother, spouse, son, daughter, brother or sister. The emergency parole can be granted for a maximum of 7 days only, after the confirmation of emergency. The security deposit amount has also been increased by the state to Rs 15,00 from Rs 5,000. The department has also divided the parole into two different categories. Both the categories will have very strict eligibility criteria set for them. even for a regular parole, the criteria has been divided into three groups; for a sentence up to 5 years, for a sentence up to 14 years and another for exceeding 14 years.
Earlier on Tuesday, Maharashtra was reported to be the state with the highest number of cases of crimes against women in the country in 2015. The state which had 31,126 followed Uttar Pradesh, which takes the Numero Uno spot with 35,527 cases. West Bengal comes a close third with 33,218 cases. These statistics were provided by the National Crime Records Bureau’s (NCRB) in their ‘Crime in India 2015’ report released by the Union Home Ministry.