Files petition in SHRC
Srinagar: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) has asked the State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) to restore the “dignity” of Kashmiri political prisoners in different jails in Jammu and Kashmir and outside.
The JRL, which comprises of the chairmen of both Hurriyat factions, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and the chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Mohammad Yasin Malik, said in a joint application on Thursday before the SHRC chairman that Kashmiri inmates in Tihar Jail “are subjected to inhuman deprivation of medical treatment; for those who require it, it is lacking, and the inmates are deprived of their contact with near and dear ones and also other basic needs.
“In Kathua jail, which has become a torture chamber, Kashmiri inmates are deprived of human contact for many months. This amounts to punishment beyond prison time and is inhuman,” the leadership wrote in the letter.
They said that there are large numbers of under trials “cramped in unhygienic conditions with sub standard medication provided to them.
“The inmates also have to seek permission from jail authorities even in health matters.”
The resistance leaders also said that the food provided to the prisoners is of bad quality, besides its being given at odd hours.
“Kashmiri prisoners are kept with hardened criminals in cramped prisons, which poses a life threat to them,” they said.
“Their movement is restricted, and water is unavailable in their cells. Deprivation of Kashmiri inmates in Indian prisons goes against prisoners’ rights. Imprisoning Kashmiris doesn’t mean that they should be treated like animals,” the JRL said.
They said the “basic dignity and welfare of prisoners is sought to be crushed, and their basic humanity is attempted to be undermined by draconian measures.
“Going against the ethos of human and prisoners’ rights undermines the very nature of these rights.
“It is therefore requested to your good self to look into these grave violations and issue instruction to restore the dignity of Kashmiri political prisoners,” the JRL added.