Only female inmates in Goa's 16th century jail

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 06, 2012 16:02 hrs

Panaji, Dec 6 (IBNS) Nearly 124 male prisoners lodged in Goa's oldest Aguada Central Jail will be replaced by female prisoners as the entire batch of male inmates will be shifted to Sada, South Goa and New Central Jail Colvale, North Goa in near future.

The decision was announced in a cabinet meeting chaired by Deputy Chief Minister Francis D'Souza on Thursday.

"The Central Jail Aguada will be exclusively converted into women's prison after its renovation is complete. Women inmates share a common jail premises with the male inmates though there are separate enclosures for both," D'Souza told a press conference.

However, at present there are no female inmates in the Aguada Jail while about 30 are currently lodged in the Sada Sub Jail.

After conversion, the Aguada jail premises will be manned by lady personnel.

Mapusa Judicial Lock Up, which currently houses 54 male inmates, will accommodate only young male prisoners aged between 18-21 years. "Once these prisoners cross the age of 21 years, they will be shifted either to Sada or Colvale jail," the deputy CM added.

The state-of-the-art Colvale jail, having nine blocks to accommodate 540 prisoners, will house undertrials and convicts. A separate facility has been made for women prisoners with an exclusive entry and exit in this enclosure. It will be operational from this month onwards.

The cabinet has also decided to set up Open Prison Home at Curca, 6 kms from the capital city. The land admeasuring 1.28 lakh sq mtrs belonging to the Goa Housing Board will set up various facilities for the prisoners and staffers.

(Reporting by John Edwards)

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