SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday expressed serious concern over the “pathetic condition” of jails in and outside J&K, saying the prisoners are “ill-treated”.
“These helpless prisoners are facing inhuman and ill treatment, (and are) unlawfully and unnecessarily shifted outside jails and are harassed on one pretext or the other,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said those languishing in Delhi’s Tihar jail, Central Jail Srinagar, Jammu and other jails are facing “extreme situations” hence are observing hunger strike.
Geelani termed it “revengeful and biased” behaviour of jail authorities, saying these inmates are subjected to “worst physical torture, and are abused and beaten to pulp”.
“These inmates particularly those lodged in Central Jail Srinagar and Udhampur are degraded, humiliated and debouched repeatedly which puts them under severe psychological and mental stress, affecting their physical wellbeing as well. Those taking ill are denied proper medical treatment,” he said.
“They are prisoners of conscience,” Geelani said and hailed their “commitment and steadfastness”. He said the proper medical aid and other facilities these prisoners are eligible to, according to the jail manual, are completely denied.
“Substandard food is being supplied to inmates and thereby putting their lives in danger,” Hurriyat chairman said. “The slow pace of judiciary and the criminal silence of the champions of human rights has traumatised and put not only these inmates in a macabre situation but their families as well.”
He appealed to ICRC, Asia Watch, Amnesty International and other human rights organisations to “come to the rescue of these detainees and impress India to treat detainees as per the charter laid by the international community”.