Imran constitutes committee to investigate plight of women prisoners
Statesman Report
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday formed a committee to study and investigate the plight of women in prisons.
In a statement on Twitter, the PM Office said: “The committee has been constituted taking into account the plight of the female prisoners, whether convicted or awaiting trial, in overall context of gender biasness prevalent in the society at large and issues associated therewith.” The step was taken to put in place institutional arrangements in order to address the issue in a comprehensive manner, it added.
The committee comprises Human Rights Minister Dr Shireen Mazari as its chairperson and the ministry’s secretary as secretary, while Interior Secretary, home secretaries and the inspectors-general of prisons of the four provinces and Gilgit-Baltistan, Justice Project Pakistan (JPP) founder and executive director Sarah Belal and lawyer Haya Zahid were included as its members.
The committee would “assess whether Prison Rules, Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898 and international best practices are being adhered to with respect to women prisoners, especially their protection, rights, health, security, and wellbeing”. While addressing the physical, psychological, emotional, and sociological needs, the committee would ensure the availability of gender-specific services for women prisoners.