Section 53 in The Prisons Act, 1894

Title: Whipping

Description: (1) No punishment of whipping shall be inflicted in instalments, or except in the presence of the Superintendent and Medical Officer or Medical Subordinate. (2) Whipping shall be inflicted with a light ratan not less than half an inch in diameter on the buttocks, and in case of prisoners under the age of sixteen it shall be inflicted, in the way of school discipline, with a lighter ratan. STATE AMENDMENT Assam. Amendment of Section 53 of Act 9 of 1894.--Section 53 of the Principal Act shall be omitted. [Vide Assam Act 12 of 1956, s. 6.]

Title: Offences by prison-subordinates.

Description: (1) Every Jailor or officer of a prison subordinate to him who shall be guilty of any violation of duty or wilful breach or neglect of any rule or regulation or lawful order made by competent authority, or who shall withdraw from the duties of his office without permission, or without having given previous notice in writing of his intention for the period of two months, or who shall wilfully overstay any leave granted to him, or who shall engage without authority in any employment other than his prison-duty, or who shall be guilty of cowardice, shall be liable, on conviction before a Magistrate, to fine not exceeding two hundred rupees, or to imprisonment for a period not exceeding three months, or to both. (2) No person shall under this section be punished twice for the same offence.

Title: Extramural custody, control and employment of prisoners.

Description: A prisoner, when being taken to or from any prison in which he may be lawfully confined, or whenever he is working outside or is otherwise beyond the limits of any such prison in or under the lawful custody or control of a prisonofficer belonging to such person, shall be deemed to be in prison and shall be subject to all the same incidents as if he were actually in prison.

Title: Confinement in irons.

Description: Whenever the Superintendent considers it necessary (with reference either to the state of the prison or the character of the prisoners) for the safe custody of any prisoners that they should be confined in irons, he may, subject to such rules and instructions as may be laid down by the Inspector General with the sanction of the State Government, so confine them.

Title: Confinement of prisoners under sentence of transportation in irons.

Description: (1) Prisoners under sentence of transportation may, subject to any rules made under section 1[59], be confined in fetters for the first three months after admission to prison. (2) Should the Superintendent consider it necessary, either for the safe custody of the prisoner himself or for any other reason, that fetters should be retained on any such prisoner for more than three months, he shall apply to the Inspector General for sanction to their retention for the period for which he considers their retention necessary, and the Inspector General may sanction such retention accordingly. 1. Subs. by the A.O.1937, for "60".