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Prime Minister Imran Khan directs the release of both under trial and convicted female prisoners considering the Supreme court’s order.

The premier further announces that juveniles (children under 16 years) and women having less than 3 years of imprisonment will also be released, as per the order.

The decision came after a meeting with Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari, attorney general, and Barrister Ali Zafar. PM tweeted,

Moreover, PM has asked authorities for immediate reports on foreign women prisoners and women on death row for humanitarian consideration.

Sources claim that many women are locked up in jail because of the non-payment of petty funds. Therefore, PM has asked authorities to pay their fines from government expenses.

Earlier on May 29, Imran Khan had formed a committee to investigate the plight of women in prisons. The Minister for Human Rights presented the report regarding the matter to PM on August 26. Following the report, PM announced its implementation on Wednesday, 2nd September.

Shireen Mazari-regarding the decision:

Human Rights Minister, while applauding the development, called it a “great move”. She further said that PM has asked to provide him a complete timeline of prison reforms implementation. She tweeted,

Supreme Court’s Order:

In April, the Supreme Court issued an interim order amid the Coronavirus outbreak. SC ordered to release persons charged for offenses under non-prohibitory clauses, vagrancy law, or offenses carrying less than 3 year’s imprisonment.

SC further directed the Govt. on attorney general request, to release the prisoners having a physical or mental illness, under-trial prisoner of above 55 years of age. Additionally, the order includes male under-trial prisoners who had not been convicted, female prisoners, and juvenile ones.

The plight of female prisoners in Pakistan jails:

According to the report on the “plight of women in Pakistan’s prison”, out of 73,242 prisoners confined in jails across the country, 1,121 are women which makes 1.5% of the prison population.

Around 134 prisoners have 195 children living with them in jails. Also, there are 46 female senior citizen prisoners and 10 female juveniles.

Moreover, the report highlights the key problems of women prisoners and recommended reforms for protecting their rights all over the country.

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