India's Muslims over-represented in prisons

October 29, 2006 10:41

India's jails hold a disproportionate number of the country's minority Muslims, a sign of discrimination and alienation from the Hindu majority, according to a report published Sunday. In many of India's states the number of jailed Muslims far exceeds their percentage of the population, The Sunday Express newspaper reported, citing a government report on Indian Muslims' welfare. The report said that in Maharashtra state, of which Mumbai is the capital, 32.4 percent of the inmates are Muslims, who make up only 10.6% of the general population. In New Delhi, which has a Muslim population of 11.7%, 27.9% of prison residents are Muslim, while in Gujarat state Muslims comprise 25.1% of those jailed and 9.1% of the populace, according to the report.

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