Youths lodged in prisons for stone-pelting in Kashmir are likely to be granted amnesty on the occasion of Eid with the state government initiating the process of reviewing their cases before the festival.
Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti on Monday asked the home department to review before Eid the cases of the youths lodged in various jails on charges of stone-pelting to afford them an opportunity to rebuild their careers.
A committee comprising the director general of police, the director general of prisons and the principal secretary, home, will review the cases, she said while chairing a high-level meeting here this morning regarding bringing about reforms in J&K’s prisons. Eid is expected on coming Wednesday.
The decision is in tune with Mehbooba’s policy that those not involved in heinous crimes should be released to give them a fresh chance. Earlier, last month, she told the assembly that her government was reviewing all cases of stone-pelting since 2008.
Mehbooba also asked DGP K Rajendra Kumar to take up the matter regarding deportation of a mentally-challenged Pakistani national to his country who is lodged in a jail in the state for having inadvertently crossed the LoC. “Why has been the person kept in jail for so long, when he is not only deaf and dumb, but mentally deranged also?” she asked, adding the state and its law enforcing agencies should not be seen acting in such a callous manner and be more humane in their approach.
Stressing the need for review and upgradation of the Jail Manual in the state, she said the review, which is already overdue, should be aimed at making the prisons “centres of reformation” and not the places of punishment.