Sunday 26th May 2024
Sunday 26th May 2024
गृहपृष्ठNepalDrinking water and electricity issues prominent in prisons during COVID-19 

Drinking water and electricity issues prominent in prisons during COVID-19 

KATHMANDU: The National Human Rights Commission has monitored the status of prisoners’ human rights during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

A team headed by NHRC member Sudeep Pathak had monitored the situation of inmates in Jumla on Tuesday. The monitoring team arrived in Jumla after taking stock of inmates’ human rights status in 12 districts of the country. 

The human rights team also held interactions with security agencies, journalists and human rights defenders in the district. On the occasion, NHRC commissioner Pathak highlighted the importance of human rights protection along with the efforts to prevent and control the pandemic. 

He further shared that the NHRC monitoring team has arrived in Jumla to take stock of the impacts of COVID-19 in the human rights sector, the situation of prisoners and detainees and violent activities recently taking place in the jail. 

He said that the team would present a report to the government covering the problems faced by the citizens in the time of crisis. 

Among the key problems shared with the monitoring team were road conditions, electricity and human resource in health facilities. 

The nine inmates of the district prison who had contracted the virus have now recovered. The inmates are facing an acute shortage in drinking water and electricity. “The inmates here are always vulnerable to different diseases as we are still compelled to drink contaminated water supplied from the Tila River,” said Khadkajeet Rokaya, who is an inmate. 

Although the doctors have diagnosed water-borne diseases among the prisoners, concerned authorities have been turning away from the issue.

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