Six Years On, No Clue About 17 Mentally Unhealthy Indians Languishing In Pak Jails

Efforts to verify the identities of 17 mentally unsound Indians in its prison six years ago by Pakistan were said to have yielded no results. The Union Home Ministry has also put their pictures on its website, asking for help from the states and union territories as well as the common people.

An official said he had completed his sentence but could not be brought to India as his nationality was not confirmed. Four of the 17 prisoners who are believed to be Indians in Pakistani jails are women and have been named Gullu Jaan, Ajmeera, Nakaya and Hasina by Pakistani authorities.

The other prisoners are Sonu Singh, Surinder Mahto, Prahlad Singh, Silrof Saleem, Birju, Raju, Bipla, Rupi Pal, Panwasi Lal, Raju Maholi, Shyam Sundar, Ramesh and Raju Rai. The Ministry of Home Affairs said that if a person can identify any of these 17 people, he should contact the Under Secretary (External Affairs) in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Home Department of the State Government or Union Territory or Director General of Police, Inspector General of Police or Commissioner of Police should do.

The Home Ministry notification said that the photographs of 17 mentally unsound people who are believed to be Indians are attached in Pakistani jails. These persons are unable to provide any further information including the names of their parents, relatives or their addresses in India, etc., due to mental unsoundness.

Pakistan had informed India in 2015 about these 17 people in its jail who have completed their sentences but they cannot be deported back to India as they were not informed about their whereabouts due to being mentally unwell. Don’t remember anything.

After Pakistan could not trace them, the Indian High Commission in Islamabad was given the facility of consular contact with these prisoners with the hope that some success could be achieved. The Indian High Commission in Islamabad sent photographs of these 17 prisoners to the Ministry of External Affairs to trace their families.

The Ministry of External Affairs later forwarded these photographs to the Ministry of Home Affairs. A Home Ministry official said that since then we have uploaded their pictures on the website of the ministry but till now there is no trace of any of them. We have shared their pictures with the states and union territories but have not received any information from them as well.

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