The Rajasthan government has amended the Rajasthan Prison Rules, 1951 recently. These amendments have been introduced after the Rajasthan High Court recently asked the State Government to ensure that the prisoners are not forced to indulge in menial jobs like cleaning toilets etc. merely on the basis of their caste. The amendments have been done by the State Government in exercise of the power conferred by Section 59 of The Prisons Act, 1894.The move was aimed to do away with the caste-based assignment of labour.
It is worth noting here that the Bench of Justice Devendra Kachhawaha and Justice Sandeep Mehta of Rajasthan High Court had further directed that, “Considering the progressive democratic set up of our country and in order to ensure maintenance of proper hygiene in the prisons, it would be expedient in the interest of justice that the State Government considers installation of mechanized/automated cleaning facilities in all the prisons in the State of Rajasthan.”