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What initiatives does Govt has undertaken to ensure safety of prisoners in jails?
3/27/2020 10:00:41 PM

JAMMU, Mar 27: At a time when the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus has engulfed the whole world, the administration in Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir like in every part of the country has also directed the masses to maintain social distancing coupled with restraining their movement outside their homes.
But whether the administration has taken any steps about the prisoners who are languishing in the jails across the Union Territory including district jail at Ambphalla and Kot Bhalwal at Jammu as the condition of these jails are shabby with prisoners over numbering the sanctioned strength.
As per the details available with Early Times, even the High Court in J&K reiterated time and again to the concerned authorities and directed the Principal Session Judges to check the conditions of the respective jails in their districts with the instructions that at this crucial juncture the maintenance of cleanliness in surroundings as well as inside the jail complex is of utmost priority in order to keep the Coronavirus at bay.
The families of these prisoners are concerned about the health of their respective kin as there is direction by the Government to keep the social distancing and given the large number of prisoners in these jails, it apparently looks that it would be really a difficult task for the jail authorities to keep the prisoners in different locks-up as there is dearth of the space.
Different families whose dear ones have been lodged in these jails on the condition of anonymity told the Early Times that they are in dilemma, given the precarious situation erupted following the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus as the condition of the jails are messy.
They inform that they don’t know about the wellbeing of their kin as they are not being allowed to meet them and there is no official word from the jail authorities in this regard.
They urged the Chief Just of J&K High Court to take suo motto cognizance of the pathetic condition of the jails and direct the jail superintendents of both the jails in district Jammu as well as to other jails in the J&K Union Territory to sanitize the respective jails as same policy which the CJ has taken with regard to the High Court and district court complexes. They urged to seek compliance report from the jail superintendents as there is every apprehension and chances of an outbreak of the coronavirus in these jails.
Family members of jail inmates with minor crimes made a fervent appeal to the Chief Justice to order for their release by furnishing the security bond till the threat of coronavirus ends while those who are involved in the heinous crimes may be released on parole.
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