No one told him to go home
An Indian man spent more than eight years in prison after being declared innocent, because no-one told him he was free to go. Crikey ! As if it's not bad enough to spend some time in the old slammer, and I believe that Indian jails don't raye too high on the 'prison paradise' list, he does all that time because no one told him to go home.
Pratap Nayak, 28, was cleared by the High Court of the eastern Indian state of Orissa in 1994. But, neither officials nor his family " bothered " to tell him the good news, so he remained in prison, the Star News channel reports. Was he so unliked ?
Including time spent in jail during his trial, Nayak spent a total of 14 years in prison.
He said: "No one bothered about me. Not even my own family. They did not have the money or the interest. Naturally, I languished in jail."
He was originally sentenced to life imprisonment after getting caught up in a violent clash between two families in his village.
In 1994, the court declared Nayak and his five co-accused not guilty. The other five defendants had already been released on bail. But, by the time the judgement was announced, Nayak's lawyer had died and no-one bothered to inform him or the jail.
After being reunited with his son, Rahas Nayak, said: "How do I take care of him? We don't get enough to eat ourselves. Had he completed his education, he would have got a good job by now. They spoiled his life."