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Kashmir Twitterati demand Release of Prisoners

Kashmir Twitterati demand Release of Prisoners
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In view of the Coronavirus pandemic, there has been a global demand by various individuals and organisations across the world for the release of prisoners to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Experts have raised concerns regarding the condition of prisoners in  jails. Generally lacking in hygienic and basic facilities, overcrowding of jails might make the inmates more vulnerable to Coronavirus.”Unless government officials act now, the novel coronavirus will spread rapidly in our jails and prisons, endangering not only prisoners and correction workers but general public as well” wrote Josiah Rich in The Washington Post.

 “People who live in congregate settings, including detainees and prisoners, are at risk of acquiring this infection, ” said Dr Robert Greifinger to Al Jazeera. 

Acting upon the expert opinions, countries like Iran, US and Turkey have already started the process of releasing the detainees as a part of their Coronavirus containing program. However, no such development has been reported in many South Asian countries like India, Pakistan and Bangladesh so far.

Post 5th August, when Indian authorities revoked the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir,  fearing an uprising from the population hundreds of people belonging to different age groups were detained and lodged in different jails in and outside the valley. Social media users from various backgrounds, including the relatives of detainees and journalists, took to Twitter to raise their concerns over the plight of detainees, demanding their immediate release by using the hashtag #ReleaseKahsmiriPrisoners

Spare a thought for those whose family members are locked in jails, both outside and in Kashmir. Ever wondered how they spend their nights? reads a tweet

The families of kashmiris detainees, languishing in Indian Jails, are wrought with fear and apprehension as their loved ones are vulnerable to covid-19 in cloistered and unhygienic conditions” reads another tweet. 

Narrating the ordeal of a daughter of daily wage labourer, Sami Jan, whose brother has been lodged in UP has appealed the authorities to shift him back to Srinagar , a user tweeted.

“#ReleaseKashmiriPrisoners is a genuine demand. New Delhi must heed to it” demanded another user 

“While we are sitting comfortably at our homes.Heart goes out to hundreds of kashmiris detained in different jails in india”, reads another tweet

Son of an incarcerated leader ,narrating his personal story tweeted

“Journalist Asif sultan is languishing in central Jail since 27 August 2018.Married just few months earlier, now he is a father to a daughter who barely recognizes him. We are concerned for his health and of all other political prisoners” read another tweet

“Ruheel bhat of Dachnipora Anantnag has been languishing in Jail outside the valley for about a year. His family is longing for him”, tweeted another user

 The accounts of various other political prisoners notably Asiya Andrabi, Ashiq Hussain (Dr Qasim), Sarjan Barkati, Adv.Zahid Ali, Shabir Shah, Sheikh Imran, Sofi Fehmeeda, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Dr Hameed Fayaz, Dr Mohd Shafi Khan, Nahida Nasreen, Ghulam Qadir Bhat  were narrated.


Few more tweets here



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