- Posted October 4, 2013 by
Daughters of Eve: Lost & Forgotten
Women Rights is a subject of interest for many national and international organizations in Pakistan. We hear stories of honour killing, mental and physical abuse and prostitution but what we never get to hear is the concerning matter of juvenile delinquency amongst young girls.
What really happens to these young girls?
After a thorough secondary research on the internet, I went through several blogs, posts, articles and e-newspaper highlights. Unable to find real answers online, I started searching for organizations and relevant authority that I can talk to. I called several numbers requesting for a short conversation some were not interested, some were indifferent and some were simply too busy.
All I could find was;
1. Laws for juvenile Justice do exist on paper however its implementation is not possible due to lack of environment needed.
2. Female juvenile delinquents share prison with adult females. In spite of the obvious drawbacks, no hard action has ever been taken in order to improve the situation.
3. Many newspaper reports highlight the abuse and further victimization of juvenile delinquents in the prison by prison authorities and adult felons forcing them to become hardened criminals.
4. The living conditions in prisons in Pakistan are at its worse.
5. The prisons offer no or minimal rehabilitation facilities.
6. The prisons are over capacitated. According to the inclusive statistics by National Academy for Prison Administration, Lahore (NAPA); Punjab has 32 prisons with the authorized capacity of 21,527. However more than 52, 000 prisoners share these facilities. It is important to mention here that I was unable to find out about the actual number of female prisons.
7. Sadly enough there is absolutely no way of determining the actual number of young female delinquents in these prisons.
8. Shockingly, I came across a few incidents of death sentences against the juveniles. Even though I am not a lawmaker I do know that a death sentence is NOT for juvenile delinquents.
What happens to these women after they are released or IF they are released given the condition IF they survive the prison is another mystery? I wish could end this report on a good note. All I can promise is to learn about “Juvenile Justice System” in Pakistan and make an effort towards finding all the daughters of eve who are lost and forgotten!
*The image used above in the report is taken from the internet and the artwork belongs to the artist who originally produced it.