Govt to consider remission of sentences for Muslim women prisoners

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Chennai, Apr 15 (UNI) The Tamil Nadu government would consider remission of sentences for Muslim women prisoners, who were convicted in various cases and lodged in Coimbatore Central prison, Revenue and Housing Minister I Periyasamy told the state Assembly today.

Replying to the debate on the demand for grants for his department, he said he would draw this issue to the attention of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi and take an appropriate decision.

Mr Periyasamy recalled the release of life convicts on humanitarian grounds after they had completed ten years, on the occasion of the birth anniversary of late Chief Minister C N Annadurai and said 420 people were released in 2006-07 after the DMK came to power in 2006. Last year also, more than 100 prisoners were released after analysing their conduct in jails, he added.

Raising it during the debate, Mr Peter Alphonse (Congress) said several Muslim women convicts were languishing in Coimbatore prison though they had good conduct during the sentence.

Responding to it, Mr Periyasamy said he would take up with the Chief Minister if Mr Alphonse brought specific instances to his notice.

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