A study report,that has sought to find ways of curbing the supply of drugs inside Punjabs jails,has accused women inmates of providing drugs to their male counterparts by concealing the abusive substances in their undergarments,anuses and vaginal tracts. The report also points out that the women inmates take advantage of the low numbers of female police personnel,which ensures that a proper search cannot be conducted on them in male-dominated prisons. The report also accuses male prison inmates of smuggling drugs into the prisons through condoms by swallowing them during peshis (hearings) or in the anus.
Submitted by Patiala DIG L K Yadav to ADGP (crime) V K Bhawra,the study report,accessed by The Indian Express,pertains to the Patiala,Nabha,Sangrur,Barnala and Malerkotla jails. The Punjab and Haryana High Court had issued notices to the state government on a public interest litigation seeking a joint action plan to control the rising drug menace in jails,following which,the government had entrusted the ADGP (crime) to get a study done. Sources said the ADGP crime had asked range DIGs to submit reports on the issue by conducting studies in the jails falling under their jurisdiction. The final report on the issue is to be submitted to the court by the Punjab government.
It is observed that women prisoners prefer to conceal drugs inside their clothes,undergarments,sanitary items and body parts. The reason which motivates some female inmates to supply drugs is that Prison Department (Punjab) lacks female staff. Some female inmates conceal drugs under their under-garments (bra,panties etc) and body parts (cleavage,anus,vaginal tract ). The women prisoners easily carry drugs to their barracks,which are later supplied by them to their male counterparts on the day of internal meeting or Androon Mulaqat, says the report.
Besides female inmates,the report has mentioned as many as 10 passages,through which,drugs are supplied to the jails. These are the visitor room,court room,the boundary wall,through prison personnel,at civil hospital,at examination centre,by civil prisoner through baharla panja,by sweepers and by transport workers.
The report says that in the visitor rooms,sometimes the supplier visitor stuffs drugs in a condom or a balloon,which the receiver inmate swallows and later vomits at his cell. The report also adds that sometimes drugs are supplied in the court room through concealing them in condoms and balloons and putting them in the anus. This whole process requires a toilet,hence,it is not possible to carry drugs with the same method at the visitors room of the prison, says the report,pointing out the said method was the safest supply passage.
The most potent route of drugs supply inside the prison is through prison personnel like warders,head warders,vocational instructors and lower level prison officials. Sometimes,higher officials like Superintendent Jail and Deputy Superintendent Jail are also involved and they facilitate the supply route by removing the honest personnel from the entrance gate/search post, the report adds.