Health Care for Detainees

Health Care for Detainees
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It goes without saying prisons are not places where a person’s health, emotional, psychological and physical, will be picture perfect. The stress accruing from prolonged incarceration can induce physical health problems which can then either cascade further or lead to long term issues. Or, extant health issues can get exacerbated. It then is imperative that the health of Kashmiri prisoners incarcerated in various jails in India be treated as priority. Generally speaking, prisoners have rights too and among these bevy of rights, access to health care would constitute one such right. The same would hold true for Kashmiri prisoners. Well being does not only and merely mean physical health( even though it is as important as can be). The definition and remit of well being would also axiomatically mean psychological and emotional aspects. By virtue and dint of incarceration itself, emotional and psychological health of prisoner is bound to be affected. As a corollary, to repeat, physical health suffers in the process. Moreover, Kashmiri prisoners are away from home, which adds to the emotional burden. Sociologically, Kashmiris are not an outward looking people and the centre of Kashmiris’ emotional universe has been, is and remains the family. This underscores the point that being away from home and families exacerbates the psychological and emotional burden. Added up, it stands to stating the obvious that the overall health of Kashmiri prisoners must be taken care of. A component of this must be to allow more visits from friends and family. And, prudence would dictate that incarcerated Kashmiris be actually brought home and those actually imprisoned in Kashmir be accorded fair and expedited treatment. There should also be availability of facilities that are due to prisoners and that actually do not debilitate the condition of those already suffering from ailments or and allied health issues. All this should kick in rather automatically without the intervention and directives of appellate bodies. Prisoners are human beings and rights accrue to them from this very aspect. As such, they should be treated with due diligence and care. In the final analysis, the burden of imprisonment and incarceration itself is an issue which can be taxing and onerous for a detainee or prisoners. Therefore, the health and comprehensive well being, emotional, psychological and physical of incarcerated Kashmiri prisoners must be made priority. It should not be the case that when finally they are released, they are physically debilitated and emotionally scarred.