Expatriate inmates overstaying in JK jails: SHRC

SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday asked the state and central governments to deport inmates who have completed their term of conviction and are overstaying in different jails of Jammu region.

A team of the Commission led by its member Rafiq Fida, inspected almost all jails including central jail in Jammu, where it found several inmates who have already served their term of detention are craving for justice.  

After inspecting different jails, the Commission has observed that ‘in gross violation of basic and human rights’, there are some nationals of neighbouring countries like Bangladesh, Burma, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia languishing under preventive laws, without trial or whose cases have either culminated or they have been acquitted by the Courts of Law or have completed their term of conviction and are overstaying.

The commission has said:  “…Both the Governments of the State and Centre need to adopt humane approach, show some concern and, in order to ease out the tensions and strengthen the friendship ties between the neighboring countries, must take effective measures to deport all such nationals to their native countries as a goodwill gesture so that the right to life and liberty of these jail inmates are espoused and protected.”

The commission has said that although there are vocational centers in place in these jails but these centers are not in tune with the modern and sophisticated lines and lack modern computer culture.

 “The authorities of both the jails need to update and upgrade these vocational centers to meet the modern needs and demands. Besides, there is an important role and imperative need to impart religious and spiritual teachings and preachings to the jail inmates, in addition to the sports activities so that they will get engaged and their psychological and mental equilibrium is maintained and any agony or pain or mental stress is let out and their psychological bondages are eased out. The authorities need to equip the jails with all such requirements and infrastructure.”

Mr Fida has also recommended that there is a compound land of 256 kanals in Kote Balwal Jail which remains unused. “If properly used, the land will surely prove beneficial, advantageous and profitable.”

The Commission has said: “The authorities of the jail should put to use the entire land for plantation, vegetation, floriculture and the like and take the jail inmates to task so that more and more benefits and profits are achieved by the land and tension pockets of jail inmates are given outlet and their energies utilized in productive activities.” 

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