Press Release: MPN steps up to provide justice to Under Trial Prisoners


As per the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB), 21% of the under trial prisoners are Muslims when compared to only 16% Muslim Population. Last year, lot of media coverage was given in this regard and Muslim Professionals Network (MPN) decided to take up this initiative under the name “Project Uncaged”. When we started surveying prisons, we realised that, this isn’t a Muslim or a Hindu problem. So, we started providing legal aid to the deserving people, irrespective of their caste/creed/Religion, this is on the similar lines of the legal aid guaranteed/provided under the Indian Constitution to the needy, who cannot afford a lawyer.

Also, our survey revealed two types of alarming cases. The first type was those who were at the wrong place at the wrong time and got picked up by Police on suspicion and implicated. And the second type was people who have committed petty crimes but stuck in jail as under trials for more time than the actual punishment for the crime itself. We believe a jailed citizen of India is a burden on the Government’s exchequer, non-productive for his family, society and the Nation. MPN set-up a team of 5 competent lawyers under the leadership of Mirza Qudrathullah Baig @ Akbar. Over the last six months, the team has expanded to 9 lawyers (3 female and 4 male Advocates), who all are offering pro bono (free/voluntary) services for this cause. Before taking up the case, MPN’s lawyers do

MPN set-up a team of 5 competent lawyers under the leadership of Mirza Qudrathullah Baig @ Akbar. Over the last six months, the team has expanded to 9 lawyers (3 female and 4 male Advocates), who all are offering pro bono (free/voluntary) services for this cause. Before taking up the case, MPN’s lawyers do vetting of the candidate and try their best to ensure that, we are only taking up cases of people who are innocent. So far, we have succeeded in obtaining 5 bails and one candidate was acquitted as well by Hon’ble Addl. Metropolitan Session Judge at Hyderabad as the case did not have any merits or specific allegations against the accused. MPN has also taken up the case of a youth, who was killed at the prime age of 24 years when he tried to stop the eve teasers from harassing a girl, he died of injuries in August 2012. The then State Government had announced an

MPN has also taken up the case of a youth, who was killed at the prime age of 24 years when he tried to stop the eve teasers from harassing a girl, he died of injuries in August 2012. The then State Government had announced an ex-gratia of Rupees 5 lakhs. Till around February 2017 neither justice nor ex-gratia was delivered to the family of the victim. MPN’s legal team filed a Writ Petition in the High Court of Telangana on 6th February 2017 and a charge sheet was filed within a record 19 days of filing the Writ Petition, our legal team is hopeful of getting the ex-gratia too once the High Court reopens after the summer vacation. Apart from this, MPN has taken up the case of a Hindu lady (details withheld for various reasons) who was abandoned by her husband. This lady gave birth to a child with some congenital deformities, due to which the child could not stand on his feet properly, and her husband never came forward to support his wife or disabled child monetarily or otherwise. The husband has filed the divorce proceedings in another State. We have taken up this case at Supreme Court level to provide justice to the lady. “When we started the project, we put an active effort to identify Muslim prisoners struck in jails. But soon we

Apart from this, MPN has taken up the case of a Hindu lady (details withheld for various reasons) who was abandoned by her husband. This lady gave birth to a child with some congenital deformities, due to which the child could not stand on his feet properly, and her husband never came forward to support his wife or disabled child monetarily or otherwise. The husband has filed the divorce proceedings in another State. We have taken up this case at Supreme Court level to provide justice to the lady. “When we started the project, we put an active effort to identify Muslim prisoners struck in jails. But soon we

“When we started the project, we put an active effort to identify Muslim prisoners struck in jails. But soon we realised that the miseries suffered by the family members of jailed people are similar irrespective of their caste, creed or Religion and that is when we decided to extend our help to people of other communities too, all the donors of MPN are Muslims and they have happily agreed to support this decision. When you look at the sufferings of innocent people stuck in jails without proper/timely trials, you don’t think about which Religion the person belongs to. As a human, you just want to help that person get timely justice. MPN will continue to provide legal help to everyone irrespective of their Belief. That’s our commitment” said Mohammed Abubakr, President of MPN. “Before taking up any case, we do a lot of background vetting of the candidate. We also take the opinion of the concerned Police Authorities, if required. Only when we are convinced

“Before taking up any case, we do a lot of background vetting of the candidate. We also take the opinion of the concerned Police Authorities, if required. Only when we are convinced of the innocence of the candidate, we take up the cases. We have received positive support from Jail authorities, who themselves referred candidates to us who were believed to be innocent but couldn’t afford a lawyer due to financial constraints” says Akbar, who is the Lead for Project Uncaged.

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