PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has moved to reform the prisons in the province by putting an end to the requirement for prisoners to wear shackles.
The draft Prison Rules 2018 Amendment Bill prepared by the provincial government has been sent to the provincial cabinet for approval, which also recommends putting an end to whipping prisoners.
In case of an emergency or to attend an event, the prisoner will have to seek permission from the deputy commissioner instead of the home secretary, the bill suggests.
Included also in the bill are recommendations regarding provision of clean and better meals to prisoners as well as using latest tools for prison security.
Home secretary Ikramullah Khan told a private news channel that the reforms were aimed at bringing prison rules at par with modern standards and were aimed at relief for prisoners and their families.