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SPARC organizes consultation with key stakeholders on Support to Young People in Prisons and Under Probation in Sindh province

Karachi, January 13, 2021 (PPI-OT): Karachi Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC) organized a consultation with key stakeholders on Support to Young People in Prisons and Under Probation in Sindh province. During the consultation organized at a local hotel on Wednesday, the participants discussed the challenges and suggested solutions to social and economic rehabilitation of young prisoners.

Shehla Raza, Minister for Women Development Sindh, said that that young people after serving the punishment of the crime, had right to return to adequate standard of living and social and economic development. “Public and private sector must join hands to provide state of the art market-oriented trainings to prisoners along with psychosocial and legal aid to increase the chances of young prisoners’ social and economic reintegration after their release,” she suggested.

Nasir Khan, DIG Prisons said that lack of opportunities for economic development and the continuous scorn from the employers and their own families aggravated the released prisoners trauma and they returned towards criminal activities once again; often more extreme and violent compared to their initial crime. These young people have been deprived of opportunities for personal growth and skills development. Shumaila Muzammil, Project Manager, SPARC said: “SPARC will provide market informed livelihood skills trainings, psychological counselling, and structured family and community reintegration support to young (18-35 years) prisoners in Karachi.

Muhammad Kashif Mirza, Manager Media and Communication, SPARC, shared presentation as saying: “There are approximately 9,640 prisoners in four prisons of Karachi. Majority of this population consists of under-trial prisoners (80.7%) which includes those who are detained under minor and bailable offences but have to wait due to long and slow nature of trial system in Pakistan. Prof Dr Farah Iqbal, Head of Phycology Dept Karachi University, said: “In-depth psychosocial support will help inmate to reduce the volitant thinking. We have to create employment opportunities to engage youth in economic activities.”

For more information, contact:
Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child (SPARC)
#98, Street 05, MPCHS, E-11/1, P.O. Box 301, Islamabad, Pakistan
Tel: +92-51-2163011 – 12
E-mail: islamabad@sparcpk.org
Website: http://www.sparcpk.org/