ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

Articles By Smita Chakraburtty

Prisons without Bars

Rajasthan has had a history of open prisons, which however have not been emulated elsewhere in the country. This article is based on a report on such an alternative prison system written by the author as directed by the Supreme Court. It makes a series of suggestions about the various issues that need to be tackled to allow the open prison system to fulfil its potential for prisoner reform.

The Fire at AMRI

Ninety-two persons died in the fire at AMRI hospital, Kolkata, on 9 December 2011. The high court scaled down charges against AMRI’s managing director from culpable homicide to death by negligence. The recent high court judgment points out that in the absence of appropriate legislation on corporate manslaughter, the Indian Penal Code is not sufficient to address corporate negligence. The law needs to be amended by raising the levels of punishment in cases of involuntary manslaughter caused by corporate negligence.