Inmates are refusing pandemic-prompted parole from prisons in India, saying that they feel better protected from COVID-19 behind bars, according to reports.
The world’s second-most populous nation has been ravaged by the coronavirus in May, with daily death tolls in the thousands.
The grim reality on the outside has left some prison inmates clinging to the relative safety of their cells — to the point that 21 jailbirds recently refused temporary release aimed at reducing overcrowding, according to reports.
One such inmate, according to the Indian Express, is Ashish Kumar, a former teacher serving a six-year sentence in a Meerut prison for driving his wife to suicide.
“We had sent his request to the government for the approval. We have received the nod, which means that Ashish Kumar will remain in the jail ’til he completes his sentence,” the facility’s senior superintendent, BP Pandey, told the outlet.
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