Srinagar, Nov 30: A team of lawyers from Kashmir High Court Bar Association (KHCBA) is likely to visit Srinagar Central Jail on Saturday to look into the allegations of harassment of women visitors during security checks by the paramilitary forces.
“We are sending a team of lawyers to the Central Jail to take stock of the situation,” KHCBA’s general secretary Advocate Mohammad Ashraf Bhat told Kashmir Reader Friday.
The report to be produced by the KHCBA on the basis of its findings will subsequently be included in the ongoing Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in the High Court for better condition in jails across the state.
“We already have a PIL in the court seeking better conditions in the jails. We will prepare a separate report on this harassment issue in the Central Jail, and the same will then be include with the PIL,” Bhat said.
“People have a right to meet their imprisoned kin. They shall not be subjected to any kind of harassment by the agencies,” he added.
The response from KHCBA comes at a time when protest by the Central Jail inmates already entered fourth day Friday. The inmates, around 491 in number, went on protest on Tuesday after the CRPF women were redeployed in the jail for frisking of the women visitors.
The protest had started last week when a woman visitor to the jail was allegedly made to strip by the CRPF women during frisking. The inmates were demanding replacement of CRPF women with policewomen and use of metal detectors during frisking. The protest was, however, suspended following authorities’ assurances to inmates about meeting their demands.
“Today also the inmates didn’t meet any visitors. Most of the visitors returned without meeting their imprisoned kin due to the protest,” sources told Kashmir Reader.
Meanwhile, the J&K Commission for Women, which sent a team to the jail on Thursday, is expected to submit its report to the government about the harassment allegations.
“We are working on the report. It may be ready Saturday, and we will submit it to the government along with recommendations. The government cannot take this issue lightly,” the commission’s chairperson, Shamima Firdous, who is also MLA Habba Kadal constituency, told Kashmir Reader.
Courtesy: (Kashmir Reader)