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A Sad State of Affairs in Jails

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    A Sad State of Affairs in Jails

    This was in yesterday’s Dawn. It shows a sad state of affairs at our justice system. Young boys being exploited by those supposedly kept incharge of dispensing justice. It is a shameful situation, and one should hope that the sickness is not widespread and is present only in the jails of Rahim Yar Khan.

    Prison staff 'supply boys for sodomy'

    By Our Staff Reporter

    LAHORE, Jan 29: The Lahore High Court on Monday received a report alleging sexual exploitation of prisoners by Rahim Yar Khan jail staff.

    Advocate MD Tahir gave an eyewitness account of the conditions in the Rahim Yar Khan and Bahawalpur jails after a weekend visit with the permission of the Lahore High Court in pursuance of letters from the prisoners detained in the two jails.

    The advocate said there were complaints of sodomy in the Rahim Yar Khan jail. He said he had received a letter from a young prisoner in this regard. He said he had learnt during his visit that the boys were allegedly supplied to people for Rs500 per visit. He said there were 25 boys between the ages of 18 and 21 and 29 under 18 years of age. He said boys as old as 22 were reported as victims. He said the boys resisting the 'orders' suffered torture with blades.

    The advocate said 1,036 prisoners were detained in the jail having a capacity of 284. He said all 57 prisoners on death row had demanded pardon citing former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's precedent. Some prisoners, he said, had observed hunger strike against fettering of Sipah-i-Sihaba activists.

    In the Bahawalpur jail, he said, he had visited only the death cells. The prisoners there, too, he said, had questioned the wisdom presidential pardon for Mr Sharif while maintaining that in their case the law should take its course.

    The lawyer mentioned an 85 years old blind man who was a heart patient and had to be carried to the latrine. He said the prisoner deserved the president's sympathy.

    Husain Nawaz: A Lahore High Court full bench on Monday disposed of a bail application filed on behalf of the son of former prime minister, Husain Nawaz, as being infructuous.

    Deputy Attorney-General Sher Zaman Khan informed the court that the applicant had been released and had gone abroad along with his family. He said bail could only be granted to a person who was in custody.

    The court also disposed of an appeal filed by former Punjab chief minister Mian Manzoor Wattoo against the dismissal of his acquittal plea by an accountability court. The court was informed that the court had already announced its final verdict in the case. The former CM was convicted by the accountability court on Jan 6.

    In another case, the court directed the DAG to seek instructions with regard to the application filed by the wife of former MNA and PPP leader Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat. The applicant has sought permission to perform Umra but her name is on the ECL for being a director of the Shah Jewana Textile Mills and an accused along with her husband in a bank loan default case.

    The court directed the DAG to find out if her name had been removed from the list and provide a list of those allowed the relief on Sunday. The next date of hearing is Feb 12. The five-member bench is headed by Chief Justice Falak Sher.

    baraay hee ufsos kee baat we thought this only happened in america and europe.according survey "londay baazi"is a rapidly growing epidemic in pakistan.i still dont know how this works but there should be more awareness of this sickness in our country and community.i do know that in alot of house holds little boys are victims or sexual abuse when growing up.most of them dont know where to go for help because of the shame they feel and 2 out of 3 times they are molested by people they trust.