Jail reports expose violations
Srinagar: The J&K High Court Monday directed Superintendent Central Jail, Srinagar to provide a prisoner, Mohammad Altaf Khan, with every possible medical treatment and place the report before court on next hearing.
The direction came after counsel Mian Qayoom pointed out a report of District Judge Srinagar stating that the health of Altaf was deteriorating and that he required treatment outside the jail.
Quoting from the district judge’s report on jail inspection, Qayoom informed the court that Altaf is suffering from serious ailments but his treatment has only been confined to jail premises while the doctor who is posted in jail has submitted that if the detenue is not treated outside the jail, he will die.
He also pointed out that one elderly man has been stripped naked in the premises of central jail, only to shame him which is a gross human rights violation. The court after hearing Qayoom asked for the response of Additional Advocate General B A Dar.
Dar informed court that he has received a report on the issue and will file it before the court during the day.
The court directed him to provide copy to petitioner counsel.
Qayoom also referred to reports of district judges. He stated that in Anantnag District Judge’s report it has been stated that there is no doctor, no water purifier and under trials are not taken to court for hearing. Likewise he said in Kargil there is no jail; the detenues have to cover a distance of around 10 hours to reach Leh Jail. Also he submitted that in Bandipora there is no jail, the detenues are taken to Baramulla, Kupwara and Srinagar jails. He also pointed to Poonch district judge report that the jail inmates of district Poonch are lodged in Rajouri, Kathua and Hiranagar Jail and the inmates miss their hearing due to large distances they have to cover.
Hearing the PIL on jail conditions, the division bench of Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Alok Aradhe directed state authorities to cover up the deficiencies immediately as pointed out in different district judge reports and asked state counsel B A Dar to file status on next date of hearing.
The court observed that expeditious and fair treatment should be given to all jail inmates.