SRINAGAR The State Human Rights Commission on Monday wrote a letter to Principal Secretary Home Department to allow one of its members to visit central jail where inmates have gone on hunger strike against lack of basic facilities and not producing them on time before court for trial.
Sir, In exercise of powers vested under Section 13d of J&K Protection of Human Rights Act 1997, Learned Member, Abdul Hamid Wani (IAS), J&K State Human Rights Commission Srinagar intends to visit Central Jail Srinagar on 24.07.2018. In this connection , it is requested to kindly issue necessary instructions to the Jail Superintendent Central Jail Srinagar, to extend full cooperation to the visiting dignitary of the Commission and also keep detailed records of detenues , under trials, convicts, both local as well as non-locals available to the Member for the purpose of inspection. Matter may be treated as Most Urgent, reads a letter issued by the secretary SHRC to the Principal Secretary Home.
Earlier in day, International forum for justice Human Rights JK chairman Muhammad Ahsaan Untoo filed Petition before the chairperson state Human Rights commission over the hunger strike by the jail inmates.
Untoo told GNS that Justice (Rtd) Bilal Nazki ordered commisions member Abdul Hamid wani along with SSP SHRC to visit the central jail Srinagar and submit the detailed report before the commission.
Prisoners in the Central Jail Srinagar have gone on an indefinite hunger strike protesting undue shifting of some inmates to jails in Jammu, poor food quality, denial of medical aid and delay in their trials.
Lawyers Body Demands Judges Team To Visit Jail
Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Monday demanded that the team constituted by the High Court for visiting the jails, after every two months, should immediately visit Central Jail, Srinagar and also other jails of the State, to find out as to how the grievances of the inmates of the jails are redressed.
Expressing its serious concern over the worsening of prison conditions in Central Jail Srinagar, the lawyers body has also decided to bring the apathy of the inmates of Central Jail Srinagar, to the notice of the High Court which is already hearing a PIL filed by the Bar Association in 2011 for improving the jail conditions.
it said shifting of prisoners lodged in the Jail to Jails in far flung areas of Jammu Province, providing of inadequate and poor quality food, denial of medical aid and assistance to them and their non-production in courts has left prisoners with no option but to go on an indefinite hunger strike. The Bar association demands that the team constituted by the High Court for visiting the jails, after every two months, should immediately visit Central Jail, Srinagar and also other jails of the State, to find out as to how the grievances of the inmates of the jails are redressed.
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