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Human rights to be observed meticulously
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Kupwara (Kashmir) - J&K, August 30th '2012: “ There shall be zero tolerance for any violations of human rights of prisoners” said Shri Navin Agarwal , IPS, Director General of Prisons J&K, while addressing Prison officials at District Jail Kupwara here today. “Safety, Security and well being of all prisoners is the responsibility of the state, and any prison official found negligent in discharging of these duties shall be dealt with strictly” he added while citing the unfortunate incident which happened earlier in which a major punishment was imposed recently upon the then Jail Superintendent of District Jail Kupwara. He further cautioned the prison staff against any death in custody and desired that all inmates should be treated like family members and provided proper amenities like food, clothing, accommodation, medicare, education and entertainment.

Shri Navin Agarwal was conducting the formal administrative inspection of District Jail Kupwara today. During his interaction with the inmates he was apprised of the request by some of the inmates for further education, vocational trainings and sports activities, to which he readily agreed. He also enquired about the quality of food and healthcare and general environment in the prison to which the inmates expressed satisfaction.

The District Jail at Kupwara came into existence about two years back. This jail has been able to successfully meet the requirements of the criminal justice machinery to keep the dangerous and notorious elements out of bound of civil society. Shri Agarwal desired that the need of the hour is to introduce correctional services and reformative measures for the delinquent so that they can be recycled back into society as useful citizens. While most the prisons lack these facilities, there are still many districts, particularly the newly created districts, which do not even have a District Jail. Shri Agarwal said that it would be endeavour of the department to have a district jail in each district which may however take some time in view of the limited resources available with the Government.

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