Protection and Care of Minor Children detained with Women Prisoners – Pakistan

Charity:
DOST

Reaching out to stigmatised people living on the margins of society, providing them holistic treatment, and bringing them back into the mainstream.

Country

Pakistan

Start Year:

2013

Run Time:

1

Participant Age:

6-11 years

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Women in prison are incarcerated on various charges, but most are victims of poverty, injustice, abuse, and exploitation. Many of these women are charged with drug trafficking and are often rejected by their family and thus have nowhere to go upon their release. Many of these women have their young children in the prison with them or arrive at the prison pregnant. For these children there are limited opportunities, and they suffer from impeded physical, mental, and social growth and development due to poor nutrition, lack of health care, education, and social interaction beyond the prison confines. Juveniles are also detained mostly on drug carrying and vagrancy charges. Once in prison, they lose total contact with the outside world and are presumed missing or dead. In the prison, they are victims of exploitation, depression, and anxiety with no hope of release.

 

For these people, DOST creates self-help, healing communities that provide human rights protection and rehabilitation services. Abuse and exploitation has virtually stopped in all the prisons where DOST works. Services provided by DOST include psychosocial counselling, life skills education, legal aid, healthcare, recreational activities, and vocational skills development. The juveniles and minor children receive formal and non-formal education. The ALMT has made a commitment to support DOST in delivering a sustainable programme of health and educational services and facilities to support these incarcerated children. The project focuses on two prisons. The team will include two social workers and two female health visitors, one for each prison. ‘In our homes, we experienced poverty, hunger and violence. Now in prison we are protected, provided with food, health services, and best of all, education for our children, which they would never have received outside.’ Mother imprisoned with 5-year-old child.

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