Women in prison

Riana Randrianarisoa
Posted August 31, 2011 from Madagascar

Prison Antanimora Women demand the abolition of life imprisonment Antanimora prison is the largest home security Madagascar. It is broken in two: the men and women. Regarding the latter, the female quarters can find about 200 people, most of which have not yet tried. Over an area less than 300 square meters, the inmates are divided into groups of four categories. Each category has a room. About forty people sharing the same room and organize themselves. A chief shall organize their society. The leader shares the small chores. It settles disputes in cases of dispute between detained. The chief is appointed by the co-maids. And outside, the head is the easier of the prisoners, that is to say, the richest and sometimes the strongest (physically). She dominates and controls his "disciples." It also serves as the interlocutor with agents penitentiaries. In material terms, the room is 5 meters by 10 meters. Quarantines of prisoners sleep in the same bed. Boards and planks processed with a common bed floors. It uses only one bulb and there is only one large iron gate to enter, and a single window for light. Night, women live an ordeal total lack of ventilation and because of the saturation. They have no cupboards for personal belongings, we put the bags or baskets under the bed. And note, we have no right to take the place of others. Women prisoners have a shared shower and toilet. As for the foods they eat cassava, once a day in prison. Ration is provided by the government. Fortunately for women, charities like nuns offer a meal every Wednesday, on the other association ensures Saturday. However, some inmates have the privilege of eating three times a day because their family comes to the supplies. Only, during the holidays that the Ministry of Justice gives the rice with meat. For the care, there is an infirmary in the prison compound. Patients are entitled to a free consultation. Unfortunately, it lacks a lot of medication. In case of serious illness, one in a hospital evacuation is possible. For pregnant women, she can see a midwife for pre-natal consultations at a health center based outside the prison but is just 50 meters from the main gate Antanimora. At the time of delivery, the Malagasy government supports the necessary expenses. The woman is carried in a public maternity in the city. She stayed there for three days except in case of complications, and the right up in a week. Once restored, it returns to prison with her child. Fortunately, pregnant women and women with children do not share the same room with others. Of convicted dead in Madagascar, there is always the death sentence in legal texts. But as we do over the death penalty, the penalties are converted into life imprisonment. A Antanimora four women will remain low until the end of their lives. They are sentenced to hard labor for life. They are all involved in theft and child trafficking. Faced with this situation, women prisoners appealed to the Malagasy authorities to abolish life imprisonment because they have children out. The future of children is destroyed along with the imprisonment of their mothers. In our investigation, the husbands abandon their families when their wives are imprisoned. Children become orphans. By Riana R.

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