Pak Federal Shariat Court directs authorities to provide conjugal facilities to prisoners

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Islamabad, Aug.29 (ANI): Prisoners in Pakistan would now be able to meet and mate with their spouses, as the Federal Shariat Court (FSC) has directed authorities to provide conjugal facilities to inmates.

The FSC in its 'historic verdict' said the relaxation given under Section 382 (B) of the CrPC would be applicable to all the convicts alike while the sentence would include the period of the trial.

Hearing the petition filed by Dr Aslam Khaki, the court, in its verdict, said that there should be arrangement in the jail that a spouse of a prisoner jailed for more than five years might remain for some days with him or her.

The court also declared non-provision of the standard living facilities to such prisoners as 'un-Islamic', The Nation reports.

"There should be proper place near the jail premises where the prisoners could meet their relatives," the judgment said.

It said that keeping continuous check on the prisoners was against the Islamic injunctions and directed the concerned authorities to bring the salaries of jail staff at par with police personnel.

The 290-page verdict of the FSC also stated that prisoners should be given 100 rupees per day for food as against the present 33 rupees. (ANI)

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