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Punjab and Haryana High Court has allowed a life-convict parole for a conjugal visit and procreation. Arun, the convict, is undergoing life imprisonment in Hisar jail in a 2010 murder case. The court granted him a four-week parole.
Arun had moved the High Court against the order of the divisional commissioner who had denied him parole. The divisional commissioner had rejected his appeal on January 14 this year. He also asked the court to release him on parole.
A son of an ex-serviceman, Arun hail from Rohtak. In his appeal submitted that he is married and the only son of his parents. He said that he had been in jail since the last eight years. “There is no issue (child) out of his marriage as the petitioner is not keeping good health due to stress/loneliness, leading to other health issues,” argued his counsel.
He pleaded to be sent on parole so that he could raise a family.
Arun cited the 2015 judgment of the High Court in “Jasvir Singh and Another versus State of Punjab and Others.” He contended that right of a convict to conjugal visits and procreation falls under the ambit of Article 21 of the Constitution which grants right to life and personal liberty.
In a similar judgment in November 2018 Madras High Court had observed conjugal visits lead to strong family bonds and keeps the family functional.
“Conjugal visits lead to strong family bonds and keep the family functional rather than the family becoming dysfunctional due to prolonged isolation and lack of sexual contact,” the Madras HC had said.