20 Indian prisoners mentally ill in Lahore jail

20 Indian prisoners mentally ill in Lahore jail

Twenty out of 36 Indian prisoners lodged in Lahore’s infamous Kot Lakhpat jail, where Sarabjit Singh was fatally attacked, have lost their mental balance and not been taken to any hospital for proper medical care, an India-Pakistan judicial panel has found.

The India-Pakistan Judicial Committee on Prisoners, which visited Pakistan jails in Karachi, Rawalpindi and Lahore last week, has found that 20 prisoners in Kot Lakhpat jail, two prisoners in Rawalpindi’s Adiyala jail and one prisoner in Malir jail in Karachi were mentally ill.

The Committee has recommended that serious and terminally ill, mentally challenged and deaf and mute prisoners need to be kept in appropriate hospitals or special institutions irrespective of confirmation of their national status and offence.

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