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

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The Question of Life Imprisonment

Mangal Singh was a young Gond Adivasi from a very poor background when he was arrested along with six others in 1990. He was then just 21 years of age. Now he is 45. He has already served 24 years in prison, along with three others, Laxman, Pankaj and Dayaram. While Dayaram is serving a life sentence in Durg jail, Mangal Singh and the two others are in Raipur Central Jail. Another convict who was serving a life sentence with them died in the jail a year ago due to illness.

Mangal Singh and these three others spent almost two and a half decades in prison without a break. Neither they got bail, nor could they avail of leave (parole/furlough). Perhaps they are serving the longest ever sentence in India after 1947.

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