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Incidents of rape, sexual abuse reported in Attock Jail

ATOCK: The Provincial Intelligence Centre (PIC) has in a report accused several staff members at the Attock district jail of raping and harassing female visitors and prisoners.

According to media reports, on September 30, PIC filed the report to Inspector General of Prisons, Mirza Shahid Saleem Baig, after conducting a covert investigation into the operations of the district jail.

“A girl who visits the jail to see one of the inmate’s supplies drugs to the prisoners. A pack of charas worth Rs500 outside is sold for Rs3,000 to Rs3,500 inside the prison,” the report has stated.

“Powerful mafias of drug peddlers have deep roots inside the jail with the support of jail administration and are making unchecked profit by selling contraband. And they also pay a due share to the jail management,” the report said, adding that influential visitors are frequently given permission to meet face-to-face in the DSP’s (Deputy Superintendent of Police) room in exchange for a bribe of up to Rs. 10,000. Additionally, after paying bribes, inmates are permitted to order food from outside.

The report recommended that jail workers who had been found guilty of breaking the rules of the jail manual or of engaging in acts of sexual harassment, corruption, or torture be disciplined.

The damning report also suggested that female staff members should be the only ones in charge of handling female visitors to the jail in order to protect their privacy and dignity.

“This is quite disturbing and can lead to a scandal that will reflect poorly on the Punjab administration,” read the report.
PIC has ordered a high-level investigation into this matter.

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