News regarding sexual harassment of juvenile in Peshawar Prison denied


Peshawar: Apropos to news published in a section of the press regarding alleged sexual harassment of juvenile inmates in Central Prison Peshawar. The spoke person while clarifying the factual position said that juvenile sector is completely segregated from adult section.

Juvenile inmates were not allowed to mix up with adult prisoners. They were also not confined in barracks meant for adults. Adolescent prisoners of the age group of 18 to 21 years are kept in a separate barrack.

Age of some of the prisoners confined in adolescents barracks was certified by the Jail Medical Officer to be above 21 years, therefore they were shifted out of adolescents barracks where upon they started sending complaints to various authorities to get back to their previous barrack by pressurizing and blackmailing jail administration on grounds of false and ill-founded non specific allegations.

In the same campaign one of them who is not juvenile or adolescent alleged sexual harassment by another prisoner of the same barrack stating that he was put in that barrack by prison officials purposely.

The complainant is habitual and involved in two separate cases of theft whose credibility is high questionable. Legal action is underway. There are no instances of sexual harassment of juvenile inmates in this jail. It says in a press release issued by Central Prison Peshawar.