Death-row convicts should be entitled to meet family, lawyers: SC

The application had also sought a direction that solitary confinement of death row convicts or their separate and cellular confinement be struck down as unconstitutional.

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New Delhi, Publish Date: Dec 14 2018 1:03AM | Updated Date: Dec 14 2018 1:03AM
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The Supreme Court Thursday said death-row convicts should be entitled to meet family members, lawyers and mental health professionals so that their rights are adequately protected at all stages.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said this while dealing with an application which had said that prisoners sentenced to death by any court have a right to be treated at par with other convicted prisoners and should be provided all similar facilities as are provided to others in jail.

The application had also sought a direction that solitary confinement of death row convicts or their separate and cellular confinement be struck down as unconstitutional. The bench requested the Justice (retd) Amitava Roy committee, constituted by the apex court to look into aspects of jail reforms across India, to look into the issues raised in the application in "greater depth".

The bench, which also comprised Justices S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, observed that the issue as to when a convict should be considered as a "death row prisoner" must be dealt with in a "humanitarian and compassionate manner".  

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