Kathmandu, July 8: A task force formed to carry out on-site visit of the various prisons in the country has submitted its report, laden with grievances of inmates, to a parliamentary committee today.
The report, submitted by the task force coordinator Pachkarna Rai to the Social Justice and Human Rights Committee under the Legislature-Parliament, states that most of the prisons the task force members visited had not ensured basic human rights of the inmates.
It was cited in light of lack of adequate space inside the prison and other basic facilities for medication (health services), defecation, among others.
The report has it that of total of 74 prisons across 71 districts the task force visited, in 20 prisons many inmates had to bear the brunt of lack of space within the prison and adequate toilets. More so, with the inmates suffering health hazards.
Those 20 prisons with capacity to accommodate 5,615 inmates were found to have accommodated double the inmate number, standing at 10,612, the report states. The 45-capacity Sindhupalchowk prison, for instance, was spotted housing 197 inmates.
Similarly, in Kavre Prison, there were 167 inmates and of them 29 were learnt to have suffered mental complications and lacking proper medical services to be rendered by the prison management on the grounds of human rights.
Keeping in view the human rights of the inmates, the government declared to develop prison as a rehabilitation centre, but the description in the report has contradicted the implementation part of the declaration.
The Jhumka Prison in Sunsari and Bhimphedi Prison in Makawanpur were described as well-managed prisons in the report.
Also, the report states that the money (Rs 45) inmates are provided by the government on a daily basis was too little for managing two square meals for them.
The report suggested the government to increase this money as per the consumer price index, to formulate concrete plan to transform prison into a rehabilitation centre and to waive off the jail term of the inmates behaving particularly well by 50 per cent, among others.
The task force has also recommended to the government to construct open prison in each proposed federal state and introduce programmes such as vocational trainings that would help inmates build their capacity and reform their tainted image.