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If level of violence increases jails too are over-crowded
9/19/2017 11:14:13 PM
Well the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) officials continue to be suspect in the ey es of the Government of India.It is in this connection that the BJP led NDA Go vernment has banned the visit of the ICRC official who were keen to visit some of the jails in Jammu and Kashmir.It has been seen that after their visit the ICRC officials submit a concocted report about the condition of the prisoners and the condition of the prison cells.That should be the reason for the India to disagree even with itgs MOU signed with the ICRC and the last visit of these officials taken place in 2016.The Government of India (GoI) has banned the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) from visiting jails in the state. The Central government has asked the ICRC officials to stop visiting prisons. The last visit by the international agency was conducted in January 2016.Y es, ICRC jail visits have been stopped by the present government. There was a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that was signed with the Government of India (GoI) that ICRC officials could visit the jails in J&K. But the BJP government has stopped these jail visits,
ICRC officials said the jail visits in state were mostly conducted by the foreign team of international agency, but the GoI has stopped issuing visas to them.
ICRC offices are now operated by Indian nationals only. There are no international officials anymore,'.The International Agency had previously raised concerns over the overcrowding in state prisons in its reports and denying facilities to prisoners. The ban comes in the wake of its work in which it had noted that " the number of inmates are lodged in jails more than their capacity.''The Geneva based humanitarian institution operates internationally under the Geneva Convention of 1949 and Additional Protocols of 1977 (Protocol I, Protocol II) and 2005 that gives it a mandate to protect victims of international and internal armed conflicts. The victims for whose assistance it works include those wounded in wars, prisoners, refugees and civilians.As part of its humanitarian protection and assistance for victims of war and other situations of violence it has been working for a long time in J&K.
After all if the ICRC is manned by some Indian officials but these officials have to submikt their report as per the I nstructions of the international body.
The ICRC should know that Jammu and Kashmir has been plagued by Pakistgan trained militantgs. These militants,in collaboration with the separatists,incite people to violence.This is what has happened in July last year when HM commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encoungter with the security forces .This what happened durin g the su mmer months of 2010 when 120 people were killed.and Kashmir has wi tnessed sever clashes between stone pelting youth and the security forces.
Hence if some jails are crowded it iks the nature of the violence.The ICRC can not expect thbe st ate Government to set up new jails where arrested youth and militants would be lodged as per the capacity of each jail.The ICRC officials have,in their report,berated the st ate au thotities for providing poor diet to the jail inmates The inmates are provided diet as per the jail manual.
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