Updated: Oct 31, 2022 03:36 IST
Islamabad [Pakistan]October 31 (ANI): Lahore and Rawalpindi jails have more than 25 percent of prisoners prone to drug addiction, according to a report by the National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR).
The report revealed that Rawalpindi’s Adiala jail and Lahore’s district jail are the two jails where there are reported cases of drug addiction among the inmates, according to Dawn.
According to the report, the commission’s inspection revealed that out of 3,800 inmates in the District Jail, about 900 were drug addicts, while the number in the Adiala prison was about 1,404.
Citing the report, Dawn stated that the prisoners in Rawalpindi’s Adiala Jail are subjected to slapping, whipping, solitary confinement and other forms of torture and that the prisoners were also thrashed with leather straps while some were taken to jail inside the jail.
“[The] cases of death and allegations of torture and sexual abuse of prisoners and prison staff, which were not subjected to effective investigation,” the report added emphasizing that the financially well-off inmates paid money to live in better conditions in the cell.
Notably, the Adiala jail has the capacity to house 2,174 inmates while currently, 6,098 prisoners were held there.
According to the NCHR report, “The situation of prisoners [in Adiala Jail] is appalling – torture, inhuman and degrading treatment, daily extortion of money, coupled with lack of food, proper sanitation and housing make the whole facility one of human degradation. Staff remains unhealthy and deeply entrenched in a mafia-like system. There is little or no accountability,” reported Dawn. (ANI)