Kashmiris prisoners facing worst apathy in jails: Malik
Srinagar, Jul 27: Chairman of JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik while condemning the ongoing oppression against Kashmiri inmates in jails said that Kashmiris prisoners are facing worst apathy in Indian jails and the jails of Jammu Kashmir. “Torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and humiliating their visitors have become common practice of authorities in jails,” he said in a statement issued. Malik strongly condemned the suppression on Kashmiri inmates languishing in various jails of India and Jammu Kashmir. He said that Kashmiris are facing worst apathy in Indian jails like Tihar jail, Mandawali Jail Delhi and jails of Jammu Kashmir including Udhampor jail, Khutua Jail, Hiranagar jail, Amphala jail Jammu, Srinagar central jail, Mattan Jail, Baramullah Jail, Kupwara jail, Kot-Balwal jail and other incarceration centers. Malik said that India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners was supposed to adhere to the international law but contrary to this, India is employing every oppressive means to inflict more and more harm to these inmates and suppressing them ruthlessly. “Kashmiris prisoners are facing worst apathy in Indian jails and the jails of Jammu Kashmir. Torturing inmates, putting them in solitary confinements and humiliating their visitors have become common practice of authorities in jails,” he said. He said that slapping repeated PSA’s, employing police tactics to prolong incarceration of prisoners, using agencies like NIA, ED to put Kashmiris in Indian jails, shifting lifers and other detainees from Kashmiri jails to jails in Jammu, denying proper medical facilities’ to inmates , torturing, beating, putting them into solitary confinements, keeping them naked inside prison cells, humiliating and torturing their kith and kin who come to see them at jails and other incarceration centers and other oppressive measures like these have become a new normal in Jammu Kashmir and it is the obligation of the international community, human rights organizations, civil societies, International Red cross (ICRC) and others to take note of this, intervene to safeguard the rights of these prisoners of conscience and use their good offices to get them released from incarceration. Meanwhile, on JRL’s call, JKLF leaders and activists staged a peaceful protest against unrelenting oppression on Kashmiri inmates. JKLF leaders and activists along with people from many walks of life today gathered at Maisuma Lal Chowk today and staged a peaceful protest against the ongoing suppression of Kashmiri inmates languishing in various Indian jails and the jails of Jammu Kashmir.