Coronavirus: Kashmiris seek release of prisoners from Indian jails amid outbreak

As India has released a number of prisoners to stem the spread of Covid-19 in the country, Kashmiri political prisoners continue to languish in detention

Human rights groups and relatives of prisoners from India-controlled Kashmir are calling for the release of political detainees held in Indian jails, as fears grow that they could catch coronavirus.

As of Thursday, India has recorded 5,916 cases of virus, including 178 fatalities, forcing the government led by the Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) to scale up its efforts to contain the virus.

In late March, India’s Supreme Court recommended that the government begin granting parole to prisoners in a bid to stop the exponential spread of the coronavirus pandemic in the country’s overpopulated prisons.


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