Quasi-solitary confinement by putting prisoner in cell for 22 hours a day violates right to life under Article 21: Punjab and Haryana High Court

Such confinement is not strictly solitary confinement but can be called quasi-solitary because the inmate is deprived of human company for extended lengths of time, the Court observed.
Quasi-solitary confinement by putting prisoner in cell for 22 hours a day violates right to life under Article 21: Punjab and Haryana High Court
Solitary Confinement

The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday held that quasi-solitary confinement of a prisoner by confining him to a cell for 22 hours a day is illegal and violative of fundamental right to life guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution (Rajia vs. State of Punjab).

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