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Protesting injustice: Women observe hunger strike in Parwan jail

KABUL: Local officials in central Parwan province said Saturday that a number of women in the provincial jail have went on hunger strike for past three days.

Head of the prison, Abdul Wahid, said a number of women have went on hunger strike since late Thursday to protest what they call injustice in selecting prisoners for presidential decree that was issued to rerelease a number of inmates in the detention center.

He said the prisoners have not eaten or drunk anything for past few days and have warned that will continue their protest if their suggestions were not addressed.

Reports say that the protestors are 20 people and some of them have sewed their lips.

The provincial directorate of women’s affairs, Nadira Giyah, said that three out of 20 women protestors have sewed their lips. She also said the protesting prisoners have not taken any food or water for past three days, and they want to be enrolled in presidential decree which was issued occasion of 8th of March, the International Women’s Day.

She added that a number of the protestors have been imprisoned on charges of murder therefore the court has imprisoned them for several years.

The head of the prison said that a number of prisoners were released and imprisonment of three inmates was reduced as per the decree issued by the president.

Wahid said that the women prisoners have been jailed for murder and kidnapping cases therefore they cannot be part of the decree.

President’s decrees are issued on special occasions through which some prisoners are released or their prison term is reduced. Perpetrators of crimes against internal and external security, crimes related to drugs and kidnapping are not part of the decrees.

However, women in Parwan prison warned that their hunger strike will not stop until they are selected as part of the decree.

There are 600 prisoners including men and women in Parwan prison which have been sent behind bars on charges of different crimes.

It is said that a delegation will be sent by the Ministry of Interior to address the issue in the prison.

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