SRINAGAR: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday granted three weeks time to the state government to file compliance report on the condition of prisons in the state.
The division bench comprising Justice Mohammad Yaqoob Mir and Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey directed Principal Secretary Home, Government of Jammu and Kashmir, Director General of Prisons, Director General of Police and Union of India through the Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs to come up with report after three weeks.
The court on previous occasion took suo moto cognizance of the Supreme Court directions.
The apex court had asked all the high courts to register a suo motu public interest litigation (PIL) to identify the kin of prisoners who admittedly died an unnatural death after 2012 and award suitable compensation to them.
The NCRB (National Crime Records Bureau) had revealed during the period between 2012 and 2015 that unnatural deaths took place in jails.
The apex court also directed all the state governments to check the availability of medical assistance given to prisoners and directed them to take steps.
Supreme Court in its judgment titled Inhuman Conditions in 1382 Prisons reads that “as per article 21 of the constitution, every person requires a life of dignity but little has appeared to have changed on the ground as far as prisoners are concerned”.
As per the Para 57 of apex court judgment, it said, “A word about the Model Prison Manual is necessary. It is a detailed document consisting of as many as 32 chapters that deals with a variety of issues including medical care, education, vocational trainings and skill developments programs for prisoners, legal aid, welfare of prisoners, custodial management, prison computerization and so on. It is a complete document that needs to be implemented with due seriousness and dispatch.”