SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday said Kashmiri prisoners are being “traumatised, tortured and humiliated” by authorities. He said jails have been turned into torture centres where respect for life and human dignity stands at its lowest.
In a statement issued here, Malik said the judicial remand of three ailing women prisoners – Syeda Asiya Andrabi, Nahida Nasreen and Fehmeeda Sofi – who are languishing in Delhi’s Tihar jail, has been extended by thirty more days.
“The proceeding of the case is being done through video conferencing and height of the apathy is that despite being ill, these inmates are not being provided with any sort of medical aid or facility,” he said.
Similarly JKLF leaders and activists Nazir Ahmad Sheikh along with Siraj Ud din Mir, Zahoor Ahmad Butt, Abdul Rashid Magloo, Assadullah Sheikh and Ghulam Nabi Kashmiri who are languishing in outside Kashmir jails under PSA are also being denied proper medical facilities, Malik added.
He said many young boys facing “concocted” trail of DySp lynching are also facing this “apathy” as “police and authorities are using every method to prolong their incarceration and inflict more harm to them and their families”.
JKLF chairman said Kashmiris are facing worst apathy in jails in and outside state.
He said India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners was supposed to adhere to the international law but contrary to this, New Delhi is employing every “oppressive” means to inflict more and more harm to these inmates.
Malik said it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organisations and civil society to intervene to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience and use their good offices to get them released from incarceration.