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Women Block of District Jail Baramulla Commissioned


Shri Navin Agarwal, IPS Director General of Prisons, J&K, alongwith Ms Shamim Firdous, Chairperson, J&K State Commission for Women on the occasion of commissioning of the women block, District Jail, Baramulla

Srinagar (Kashmir) - J&K, July 6th '2012:“ While tackling crime is a prime responsibility of the Police Department, and reforming criminals that of the Prisons Department, tackling the causes of crime should be a major concern for the civil administration and civil society” said Shri Navin Agarwal, IPS Director General of Prisons, J&K, while addressing a gathering at District Jail Baramulla on the occasion of commissioning of the women block there. He cautioned the Prison staff and civil society against treating the undertrials as criminals as the offences they have allegedly committed have not been established by the courts of law. He added “ our laws treat every person as innocent unless proved guilty”. Shri Agarwal desired that as long as these undertrials are in custody of the Prisons Department, their time should be spent usefully and productively . He asked the female undertrials who were to be admitted to the newly constructed female block of District Jail Baramulla to learn new skills and do some gainful work for which necessary facilities would be created.

The twenty bedded exclusive block for female prisoners was commissioned on 6th July, 2012 at District Jail Baramulla by Ms Shamim Firdous, Chairperson, J&K State Commission for Women. This is the first separate women block for female prisoners outside the capital city in Kashmir, and has met a long pending requirement for such a lodgement facility. Women offenders of Districts Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora and Sopore would be benefited by creation of this lodgement near to their trial courts.

Addressing a gathering of Police and Prisons officials, Ms Shamim Firdous made a fervent appeal to protect women against increasing social evils like drug abuse, dowry malaise, female foeticide etc. “Women should avoid getting into the trap of criminal minded men” she said, adding that “women should do nothing for which they may have to hang their head in shame”. She desired the trials of criminal cases be expedited so that the innocent are released without having to spend much time in jail.

Present on the occasion were, among others, Dy.Commissioner Baramulla, Shri Ghulam Ahmad Khawaja, Sr.Superintendent of Police, Shri Anand Jain,IPS, Dy. Inspector General of Prisons, Dr. M.S. Lone, CRPF 53 Bn Commandant, Shri M.S. Dhillon, Superintendent of Police (Operations) Baramulla, Zubair Ahmad, Superintendent Prisons, Shri Mohd Ayoub Bhat, Technical Officer, Shri Virender Razdan, I/C Superintendent of District Jail Baramulla, Shri Ashok Salathia, District Youth Services and Sports Officer Baramulla and other prominent citizens.

A cultural programme by the inmates of the District Jail Baramulla was also held on the occasion.

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