Like every year, the Sindh government has announced constitutional relief to select prisoners on the festive occasion of Eidul Fitr.
The Sindh government has announced 90 day remission for women prisoners aged 60 and above and for men aged 65 and above as well as for inmates who have completed one third of their sentence.
However, inmates serving sentences for committing treason, terrorism, murder, rape, armed robbery, kidnapping for extortion and other heinous crimes will not get the benefit of remission.
The remission has reduced the jail term for 81 eligible prisoners and at least 17 among them will be able to secure early release and go home to celebrate Eid with their families. However, sources say that going home for Eid for the prisoners is dependent on the completion of legal procedures. According to the notification issued by the Prisons IG, prisoners are to be extended all available legal facilities to ensure their early release.
According to the data released by the provincial prisons department, two women prisoners in Hyderabad Central Jail are eligible to go home. Besides, two inmates will be released from Karachi and Hyderabad central jails, nine from Malir District Jail and four from Badin District Jail.
Meanwhile, six inmates of Karachi Central Jail, 10 inmates of Sukkur Central Jail, 43 inmates of Khairpur Central Jail, two of Malir District Jail and one inmate of Youth Offender Industrial School Karachi (Juvenile Jail) will have their sentences reduced.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 10th, 2021.