They have completed their sentence, but now they are prisoners of their circumstance. Caught between the continuing tortures of the Pakistan prison they are lodged in and the alleged indifference of the Indian government, 11 prisoners of Kot Lakhpat jail are pleading for their own death.
“We want to get rid of this hellish life and be free from all tribulations,” the prisoners wrote in a letter addressed to the states of Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Rajasthan, Gujarat and Delhi as well as the Indian media. They urged the Indian government to allow Pakistan to shoot them instead.
“Even if we are freed from prison, we have no place to go. We have lost our identity. Most of our parents have died. We have no home, no bank balance.
Where would we go? It is better to die an instant death than live at the mercy of Pakistani authorities forever,” they wrote.
The letter also underlined the apathetic attitude of the Indian consulate in Pakistan as well as the Common Judicial Committee and also demanded death for 17 other prisoners including four women who have allegedly lost their mental balance.
Sent through a recently released inmate of the same jail, Jammu resident Vinod Sahny, the letter has now been forwarded to Rajya Sabha member Avinash Rai Khanna.
Khanna said he would soon take up the matter in Parliament and also with the external affairs minister.