ISLAMABAD: The Deputy Commissioner of Islamabad Muhammad Hamza Shafqaat on Friday inaugurated a judicial lockup for women and children in Islamabad.
Tweeting about the achievement, Shafqaat said that the restoration of the dilapidated lockup had been carried out in record time with the combined efforts of the district administration and philanthropists. “It’s just a small contribution to ease out their [the inmates’] miserable situation,” he added.
Alhamdolillah got the judicial lockup for children/women renovated in a record time. It was done with the help of philanthropists, market committee, SSP,District Bar, PTI leadership and Mr Hoti Chairman. It’s just a small contribution to ease out their miserable situation pic.twitter.com/6sIA8mO2op
— Muhammed Hamza Shafqaat (@hamzashafqaat) July 12, 2019
Earlier this week, Shafqaat had also paid a visit to the lockup to inspect the progress of the renovation work. He had maintained that it was his duty to ensure that all official establishments were maintained as per the standard operating procedures (SOPs).
The lockup for children/women was in poor condition. Being District Magistrate it is my responsibility to ensure that the Bakhshi Khanas etc are being maintained as per SOPs. We have taken an initiative to renovate the entire compound so that the lockups are as per the standards pic.twitter.com/uAnfDLkc8Q
— Deputy Commissioner Islamabad (@dcislamabad) July 10, 2019
In Pakistan, there are at least 2,000 convicted female prisoners and over 1,200 juvenile prisoners who are jailed in lockups that lack even basic facilities. The inhumane treatment they receive there has hardly received any attention.