Ill treatment of Kashmiri, Pakistani prisoners in Tihar violation of int’l law: Bar

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SRINAGAR: J&K High Court Bar Association, Srinagar has strongly condemned the “ill treatment” meted out to Kashmiri and Pakistani prisoners lodged in Tihar Jail, New Delhi and described the same a flagrant violation of international law as well as of the provisions of jail manual.
Bar in a statement said the jail manual envisages that a person, while in custody, is not stripped of his legal and/or fundamental rights and that all those aspects of life which make a person to live with human dignity are guaranteed to a prisoner as well, while in jail.
“The prisoner can neither be kept in solitary confinement nor held in fetters. He cannot also be handcuffed, tortured, humiliated or beaten while in police/jail custody,” Bar said. “The Government is also bound to provide human conditions in prisons and protection homes and give special treatment to children and women lodged in jails or protection homes.”
The Bar Association has demanded that Kashmiri and Pakistani prisoners lodged in jails, both inside and outside the state, should not be maltreated and the International Red Cross should send its teams to Tihar and other jails to find as to “why Kashmiri and Pakistani prisoners are driven out of their cells/barracks during the night hours and are beaten by jail authorities and as to why medical and other facilities are denied to them despite court orders and the requirements under the jail manual”.
The Association also expressed grief over the road accident at Ramban in which 22 persons lost their lives. Expressing solidarity with the members of the bereaved families, Bar prayed to Almighty Allah to rest their soul in eternal peace and give courage to their kith and kin to bear the irreparable loss.