London, England, Mar 21, 2022 / 11:25 am
Inmates in Pakistan’s Punjab province can shorten their jail time by taking classes while they’re behind bars.
But there’s a catch: Only Muslim inmates are given the opportunity, advocates for the country’s religious minorities claim.
A petition submitted March 7 to the Lahore High Court asks that the administrators of the provincial jail system ensure that the policy applies to all inmates, including Christians and other religious minorities.
The petitioner, Kashif Masih, a Christian activist, says the policy, as written, makes no distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims.