22 September, 2020

Jailhouse Blues

Desi convicts in UAE get chance to serve out time in Indian jails

Jailhouse Blues

Coming Home, Counting Bars

  • Prisoners must have a minimum of six months left to serve if they want to apply for the transfer
  • Convicts must not have a pending case against them
  • Undertrials and inmates imprisoned for drug offences, murder and financial crimes ineligible. Special cases, ‘blood money’ still applicable.
  • Can apply through Indian mission or local authorities
  • 1,200-plus Indian prisoners, including 40 women, eligible  
  • Both countries have the right to reject applications
  • Once in India, no bail/parole


Prisoners Abroad*

  • UAE: 4315
  • B’desh: 2008
  • Kuwait: 1161
  • China: 673
  • Oman: 429
  • UK: 426
  • Nepal: 223
  • USA: 155
  • ...


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