ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court of Pakistan highlights another previously neglected yet darker side of polio virus danger in the country as one top judge lashed the authorities for depriving children of women prisoners from anti-polio vaccine.
Justice Ijaz was hearing a case at Supreme Court’s Karachi Registry Office about the bail plea of one female prisoner Naseeban Bibi. The plaintiff maintained that her daughter fell victim of polio disease as she was deprived of anti-polio drops in Karachi’s central jail.
Justice Ijaz asked the concern authorities “Why the children of female prisoners were deprived of this facility?’ The concern authorities kept an absolute silent as if they never knew providing anti-polio drops for children with women criminals was part of their duty.
However, it was not only police but health advocacy organization and women rights watchdogs who had not even thought about this matter. While talking with PakistanTribe‘s correspondent, one director of UN’s agency – name kept anonymous on demand – said “I have to be honest. I never thought someone in jail will be needing anti-polio vaccines.”
Likewise, when the representative of another premier national organization famous for women rights advocacy was approached to get a comment on this issue, she completely refused to acknowledge the presence of any children in Central Jail Karachi.
Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader and lawmaker from Sindh Assembly Sharmila Farooqi did not respond to PakistanTribe‘s request for commenting over this pertaining issue.