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Legal aid to women prisoners promised

HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Women Development Tauqir Fatima Bhutto has said that women who are imprisoned in jails are being provided legal assistance under directives of the president and they will not be left in the lurch.

Speaking to reporters after visiting the Hyderabad central jail on Wednesday, she said women inmates were also provided other facilities and a report was sought from prisons on a daily basis so that efforts were made for timely disposal of their cases.

She directed officials of her ministry to collect details of imprisoned women and provide them with the state appointed lawyers. She said cleanliness, food and medical facilities were being provided to women prisoners and their minors who were living with them. Construction of more barracks is under way in jails.

Women Prison Superintendent Syeda Munawara Sultana informed the minister that currently 29 prisoners, including murder convicts, were in jail. Some were facing trial. Five children were staying with women in jail, she said.

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