Srinagar, December 06 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, political detainees are lodged in far-flung jails causing immense hardships to the family members with most of inmates cannot have meeting with their families for months together, a report said.

The report drafted by the members of High Court Bar Association (HCBA), who recently visited the jails across the territory, said, “This has also diminished the chances of conducting their trials in local courts where they could prove their innocence.” The members also noticed that no adequate medical facilities were available in the jails.

“The inmates are huddled like cattle in overcrowded barracks and are not allowed to interact with each other. The inmates are depressed and mentally frustrated. The attitude of jail staff is colonial,” said one of the members of the visiting team, Arshad Andrabi. He said that the young boys allegedly involved in stone pelting incidents were humiliated and tortured in jails.

“In Kot Bhalwal jail, it was reported that on the very first days of lodgment, the alleged stone-pelters were asked to remove their trousers and parade naked. They were harassed and tortured mentally,” Arshad Andrabi said. He added that during the first days of detention, the boys were kept in solitary confinement, subjecting them to mental depression.

The HCBA member said that a 66-year-old person Abdul Rashid Mir from Chogul had been lodged in Udhampur Jail. Mir was picked up from his medical shop when he tried to resist the arrest of his son.

“The man is a disabled person having undergone three surgeries in vertebrates and is suffering from diabetes, hypertension and renal problems. He is not able to bend down and only with the help of his colleagues is able to perform Wudhu (ablution),” the report read.

The report said that prisoners held in various Jammu jails are surviving on vegetarian food. “This is changing the food habits of the detainees and they are feeling it manifest in increased morbidity,” the report said. It added that in violation of the jail manual, the Udhampur, Kathua and Hiranagar jails were serving only vegetarian food to the inmates.

The HCBA has mentioned names of detainees who complained about the food crisis in Udhampur and Kathua. They linked general weakness and some of the diseases to the denial of protein.

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