On bail for 19 years, son born in jail works to raise bond for mother
May 31, 2013 -- Updated 0219 GMT (1019 HKT)
- An Indian son finally secures the release of his mother who spent 19 years in jail on bail
- The 19-year-old worked night and day in a garment factory to raise Rs5000 ($89)
- The mother was sentenced to life in prison for murder but was released on bail pending an appeal
- The High Court in Uttar Pradesh is now reviewing other bail cases in the state's prisons
(CNN) -- In a story that could step straight from the pages of a Charles Dickens novel, an Indian son has worked night and day in a garment factory to earn the bail money to get his mother out of jail.
This month, after ceaseless work stitching in the textile factory, Kanhaiya Kumari, 19, raised the 5,000 rupees (about $89) needed to pay his mother's surety.
His mother Vijaya Kumari, 48, was five months pregnant with Kanhaiya when she was arrested in 1993 in connection with the murder of a neighbor in India's Aligarh district, according to CNN affiliate IBN.
Sentenced to life in prison, she denied the charges and in 1994 she was granted bail pending her appeal, but her husband refused to post the Rs5,000 bail money.
"No one from my family or in-laws came to my help," she told CNN.
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Both mother and son remained in Nari Niketan prison in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, until Kanhaiya was sent to a juvenile remand home at the age of 6.
"I was very sad," Kanhaiya told CNN. "Without her, I had no one by me."
He was released last year after spending seven years separated from his mother and immediately set about getting a job that would pay for his mother's bail.
"He was out of work and couldn't make ends meet," said his employer AH Rehman. "He asked for a job that would provide him with some livelihood, so I got him a job in a ready-made garment shop."
Some 19 years after his mother was first jailed, Kanhaiya paid the bail money at Allahbad High Court and secured her release.
"I worked very, very hard to get the money for the release of my mother," he said. "I'm very happy now."
The case has prompted the High Court to take a closer look at the jails of Uttar Pradesh. The court has demanded a list of bailed inmates still languishing in jail.
India's courts are famously inefficient, with cases backed sometimes for decades. According to the Asian Human Rights Commission, confessions are the bedrock of India's criminal justice system making it notoriously difficult for courts to secure convictions.
The commission estimates the conviction rate for serious crimes is as low as 4 per cent of the cases that come before India's courts.
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