Angela Sontakey is a prisoner in Byculla jail. Allegedly a Maoist, the former sociology professor was arrested and incarcerated in April 2012. She was previously lodged at the Nagpur Central Jail and Gondia sub-jail before being moved to Byculla. Last year, she went on a to protest the proposed installation of CCTV cameras in the women’s cell area. In a handwritten interview to The Hindu , mediated by her lawyers, she speaks of conditions inside the jail and problems faced by women prisoners. She cautions, “I am writing from my limited access, experiences and understanding.” Her responses have been lightly edited for clarity.