The Hindu Editorial (Protecting prisoners) – May 13, 2021

The Hindu Editorial (Protecting prisoners) – May 13, 2021

If overcrowding of prisons has been a perennial problem in this country, high occupancy levels can only mean bad news amidst a pandemic. For further reading, visit “The Hindu”. Below is today’s word list-2 for The Hindu Editorial (Protecting prisoners) – May 13, 2021.

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The Hindu Editorial (Protecting prisoners) – May 13, 2021:

  1. overcrowding (noun) – congestion.
  2. imprisonment (noun) – incarceration, custody, confinement.
  3. relook (noun) – reconsideration, rethinking, re-examination.
  4. effect (verb) – carry out, perform, conduct.
  5. perennial (adjective) – everlasting, unending, endless, permanent.
  6. occupancy (noun) – the act of occupying a place; occupation.
  7. amidst (preposition) – amid, in the middle of; during.
  8. pandemic (noun) – the worldwide spread of a new disease; The illness spreads around the world and typically affects a large number of people across a wide area.
  9. from time to time (phrase) – occasionally, now and again, periodically.
  10. address (verb) – deal with, handle, tackle, grapple with.
  11. interim (adjective) – provisional, temporary, transitional.  
  12. acquire (verb) – get, obtain, receive.
  13. salience (noun) – prominence, importance, significance.
  14. in view of (phrase) – because of, as a result of, taking into consideration.
  15. surge (noun) – sudden increase or rise of something.
  16. raging (adjective) – severe, extreme, excessive, inordinate.
  17. lockdown (noun) – an emergency protocol implemented by the authorities that prevents people from leaving from a place; An extended state of confinement/encirclement/isolation of a person by the authority.
  18. preventive (adjective) – preventative, precautionary, protective.
  19. as well as (phrase) – and also, and in addition.
  20. constitute (verb) – form, create, set up.
  21. bail (noun) – conditional, temporary release of an arrested/imprisoned person when a specified amount of security is deposited or pledged (as cash or property) to ensure his/her appearance in court when required.
  22. parole (noun) – the release of a prisoner, either temporarily for a special purpose or completely before the expiry of a sentence, on the promise of good behavior.
  23. besides (preposition/linking adverb) – in addition to, as well, apart from.
  24. seek (verb) – try, aim, attempt.
  25. remand (noun) – pre-trial detention, preventive detention, or provisional detention.
  26. periodical (adjective) – regular, occasional.
  27. readiness (noun) – preparedness; willingness, inclination to do something.
  28. decongest (verb) – relieve the congestion of (something).
  29. measure (noun) – course of action, proceeding, procedure, step.
  30. merely (adverb) – only, simply, just.
  31. vulnerability (noun) – weakness, defencelessness, unprotectedness, susceptibility.
  32. comprehensive (adjective) – complete, thorough, full, detailed.
  33. in order (phrase) – correct, appropriate, fitting, suitable, acceptable.
  34. inmate (noun) – inhabitant, occupant, a person living in an institution (like hospital, prison, etc.).
  35. solely (adverb) – only, simply, merely.
  36. stringent (adjective) – strict, severe, extreme, rigorous.
  37. invoke (verb) – cite, refer to, adduce.
  38. activist (noun) – a person who supports a political or societal change/cause.
  39. anti-terrorism (noun) – counter-terrorism; actions taken to combat or prevent terrorism.
  40. alleged (adjective) – supposed, claimed, professed, purported.
  41. complicity (noun) – collusion, conspiracy, collaboration, connivance, involvement.
  42. take into account (phrase) – consider, take into consideration, have regard to, reckon with.
  43. emphasise (verb) – draw attention to, put stress on, underscore, highlight.
  44. adhere to (verb) – abide by, follow, obey, comply with.
  45. norms (noun) – standard, convention, guidelines, criterion.
  46. lay down (phrasal verb) – formulate, stipulate, frame, draw up.
  47. give effect to (phrase) – make operative, put in to practice.
  48. CrPC Section 436A (noun) – under the Section 436A of the Cr.P.C, a person (undertrial) who has completed half of the maximum prison term prescribed for the offence may be released on personal bond with or without sureties.
  49. Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) (noun) – The Code of Criminal Procedure (in India). The main legislation on procedure for administration of substantive criminal law in India. It was enacted in 1973 and came into force on 1 April 1974. CrPC tells about the criminal trial procedure.
  50. undertrial (noun) – a person in custody (for court’s trial).
  51. prescribe (verb) – stipulate, lay down, set down, promulgate.
  52. follow-up (noun as modifier) – continuation.
  53. audit (verb) – analyse, examine, scrutinize, investigate, appraise.
  54. selectively (adverb) – discriminatorily, discriminately.
  55. arbitrarily (adverb) – randomly/casually, irrationally, erratically, inconsistently, unreasonably, illogically.


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