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According to The ‘Prison Statistics India 2015’ report, which was released by the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) in October 2016, Sixty-seven per cent (two-thirds)of the people in Indian jails are undertrials which amounts to over 200,000 under-trial prisoners.
The National Crime Records Bureau of the Government of India has reported that thousands of under-trials had been incarcerated for a period of five years or more.
In many cases their “stay in prison has exceeded the maximum sentence for the crime” which they had committed.
Most of them are convicted for petty offences.