Senate body seeks construction of separate jails for women
RAWALPINDI: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Health has recommended the construction of separate jails for female prisoners and also proposed to shift the inmates waiting for capital punishment and pregnant prisoners to their respective districts and provinces.
Chairperson of the committee Senator Kalsoom Kausar along with Minister of State for Postal Services Razaq Khan, Senator Dr Saeeda Iqbal and Senator Farhat Abbas visited the central jail Adiala and expressed satisfaction over the food and health arrangements.
DIG Prisons Malik Feroz Shaukat, Superintendent Adiala Jail Saeedullah Gondal warmly welcomed the delegation upon their arrival. Giving the briefing, Gondal informed the delegation that a record 109 female prisoners along with 18 children have been housed in the jail. There are two male doctors, a laboratory, an X-ray unit, an ultrasound facility, a mini-theater in the jail for the treatment of prisoners, he added.
He informed that a TB Dot programme has also been introduced in the jail to save the prisoners from this deadly disease. The chairperson directed the management to ensure special arrangement for female prisoners as well as nursing and emergency facilities.
She said law enforcement agencies should also apprehend the culprits who use women for smuggling of narcotics. The members of the delegation also called for abolition of the condition that a resident of same district should submit surety bonds for the bail of a prisoner. They said that pregnant women prisoners should be given special relief for which legislation should be made.
Source: The News