Sindh jails prisoners leading miserable life -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Sindh jails prisoners leading miserable life

RAWALPINDI (February 29 2008): Prisoners in Sindh jails are leading a miserable life due to overcrowding and are suffering from various diseases. Total capacity of 16 existing jails of Sindh is 9,317.

While more than 20,213 prisoners were lodged in these jails out of which 9,107 have been awarded punishment while 11,106 are under trials, said Ulfat Kazmi, President, Global Foundation, a human rights watchdog working for the rights of the prisoners, here on Thursday.

Main cause of over crowding in jails is delay in hearings as thousands of prisoners round the country have completed more than expected punishment in jails and their cases are still pending, Kazmi said.

He said that more than 60 percent under trial prisoners were awaiting their verdicts and they would not face punishment due to lack of evidences. But, he said, that these prisoners have passed decades in jails. He called upon the authorities to make sure the immediate completion of jails in Ghotki, Nowsheru Feroz, Umarkot and Mirpur Khas to decrease the number of prisoners in other jails of the province.

“Government should also make sure the immediate installation of 800 fans, 138 electric water coolers in 16 jails approved by the previous government,” he said.
Source: Business Recorder
Date:2/29/2008