Prime Minister Imran Khan Sets Up Committee To Investigate Condition of Female Prisoners

It will be responsible for ensuring that the rules are being followed with respect to the health, rights, protection, and well-being of women.

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In a first, Prime Minister Imran Khan has set up a committee to observe and investigate the condition of women in prisons. The committee will take the plight of female prisoners into account and address the issues they are facing.

 

The committee comprises of:

  • Federal Minister of Human Rights (Chairperson);
  • Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights (Secretary)
  • Secretary Ministry of Interior
  • Home Secretaries, Governments of Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan
  • IG Prisons, Punjab, Sindh, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Balochistan, Gilgit Baltistan
  • Founder and executive director of Justice Project Pakistan Ms. Sarah Belal
  • Lawyer Ms. Haya Zahid

What will the committee do?

The committee will assess the Prison Rules, Code of Criminal Procedure-1898, and international practices. It will be responsible for ensuring that the rules are being followed with respect to the health, rights, protection, and well-being of women.

Other than that, it would make sure that the emotional, sociological, and psychological needs of prisoners are being taken care of. It would also be responsible for reviewing Prison Rules and other laws to bring improvement for women inmates, review the governance, legal aid, and management systems in prison administration and suggest an improvement.

The panel will review cases of Human Rights violations and victimization of women prisoners, along with the situation of children who are living in the jails and work to help them with education.

It will submit its report on the matter on further orders of the Prime Minister within a time period of four months.

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