Srinagar: The High Court on Tuesday sought details on the condition of prisoners in the state, in view of the Supreme Court direction in case “Inhuman conditions of 1382 prisons across country”.
The Court directed Principal Secretary to Home, J&K, DG prisons and DG Police, J&K, Ministry of Home Affairs and
NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) to file their responses on the conditions of prisons across J&K state.
The High Court direction came the apex court had asked all high courts to register a suo-moto petition to identify kin of prisoners who admittedly died an unnatural death after 2012 and award suitable compensation to them.
Passing a slew of directions on prison reforms, the apex court had directed all state governments to appoint counsellors and support persons for prisoners in need, particularly first-time offenders.
It had also directed all states to study the availability of medical assistance to prisoners and take remedial steps wherever necessary.
The apex court had also directed the ministry of women and child development to engage officials of state governments and formulate procedures for tabulating the number of children (if any) who suffer an unnatural death in child care institutions where they are kept in
custody either because they are in conflict with law or because they need care and protection”.
The division headed by Chief Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Alok Aradhe remarked that issue of prisons is
important as from long time, issues of inhuman treatment and no basic facilities have creeped up.
“To function the system properly, it is important that all issues are addressed properly and prisons be kept as prison for punishment not for inhuman treatment,” Justice Durrez said.
The court also observed that a prisoner also needs to be rehabilitated and counselled because once the punishment is over he has to live a normal life.
The court also directed state to come up with number of prisons in J&K and submit a report on next hearing.