As required under the international and domestic instruments of human rights every
torture survivor has the right to medical, psychological and social rehabilitation.
Detainees after suffering cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, face
different physiological, psychological after affects together with socio-
Physiological sequel and Rehabilitation:
Most common health consequences of torture are fever, body ach, loss of appetite, disturbed blood pressure, disturbed motor behavior, kidney, stomach pain, bruises, abrasion, and minor to major injuries on body parts, urinary tract infection, bleeding in urine and stool.
For acute physical problems the clients are offered on spot free of cost medical examination and healthcare facilities/medicines both inside the jails and at HDO’s Centre for Rehabilitation & Legal assistance for Torture Victims (CRLTV) while those suffering from chronic medical problems are referred to public sector hospitals for tertiary care.
Neurological Impacts and Rehabilitation: Headache, vertigo, dizziness, stiffness of limbs and muscles, paralysis of muscles, memory and vision loss (both temporary and permanent). Together with medication (if needed) the TVs are offered physiotherapy and helped taking part in different physical relaxation exercises and sports after initial treatment that serves as therapy both for their physical as well as psychological rehabilitation.
Psychological impacts and Rehabilitation:
The detainees after undergoing maltreatment during police custody suffer from feelings of humiliation, deceit, depression, nightmares, disturbed sleep and appetite, suicidal ideations, violent behavior, delusion & hallucination etc. HDO’s eight years working experience indicate that such clients when left unattended and untreated serve as one of the contributing factors of criminal activities like drug addiction and peddling, domestic violence and child abuse etc. This category of survivors also promotes recidivism and become contributing factor behind poverty which is both cause and effect of torture.
To help them returning to normal life with restored dignity, HDO’s psychologists
and trained counselors after registration process both at jail and Centre level,
follow treatment plan for extending psycho-
Majority of torture victims become economically inactive after suffering different physiological and psychological consequences which, ultimately not only contribute towards poverty within their families and society at large but also encourage recidivism among them. Apart from education services, the registered TVs are taught different skills for their economic empowerment. Dress making and designing, embroidery work and handicrafts, bead work (plait, purse, cell phone covers, jewelry etc) are the common skills these TVs are helped learning during detention period.
Women incarcerators are provided training of embroidery work, dress making, beautician courses. HDO’s this initiative aims to help the demoralized survivors of custodial abuses reintegrating with their families and society with dignity and becoming economically self dependent.
They are linked to the local market, enabling to support their expenses incurring on litigation, medication and nutritious food of their choice.
Computer Literacy Program for Women Prisoners
As part of HDO’s economic empowerment initiative for torture survivors, it has launched Computer Literacy Program for women inmates of Haripur jail two years back. The enrolled women and their minor accompanying children are taught the basics of computer, MS word, MS excel, Power point, painting, in page etc. Following its successful functioning and response from beneficiaries the HDO is going to establish another Computer literacy Centre in the adolescent section of Haripur jail shortly.
English Language Course: For reintegrating the TVs in families and society with restored dignity and skills guaranteeing their economic empowerment, HDO has also launched English Language Course for the juvenile and adolescent inmates of Haripur jail which is first of its nature across the province. The qualified teaching staff helps the enrolled TVs developing spoken and written English language proficiency enabling them to use this globally acknowledged skill for their economic benefits during post detention life.
HDO also encourage and facilitate different sports activities for making the juvenile and adolescent inmates, engaged in constructive activities as part of rehabilitation program. Cricket, football, volleyball and table tennis matches between the inmates are arranged inside the jail on weekly basis.
Gender based violence & Rehabilitation
Discrimination based on gender is a crime most common in our society and the women
are denied of their rights from family to society level one or the other way. Their
deprivation from inviolable rights to equal respect and human dignity often expose
them to physical and mental harms that prove detrimental to their socio-
HDO, besides advocating for the rights of women at different forums, offer free of cost services to survivors of violence through its Center for Rehabilitation & legal Assistance of Trauma Victims (CRLTV). These women are helped in challenging their perpetrators in the court of law through free legal aid kiosk.
HDO’s medical teams provide free treatment facilities to those in need of healthcare while the victims with psychological complications are treated and reintegrated into society by experienced psychologists and counselors.
Child abuse & Rehabilitation
Like torture and gender based violence the child abuse is also widespread and the
children are vulnerable to abuses of different kinds and nature. Corporal punishment
in school setting, child labor, under age marriages, becoming vani and sexual assaults
are the rampant crime against children. HDO offer psycho-
Skill development for violence victims
Women victims of violence are exposed to double trauma in our society. In most of
cases they are deserted by families due to social stigmas attached to becoming victim
of violence while on the other hand they desist from engaging in costly and irksomely
long litigation process owing to financial constraints, lack of access to psycho-
Having no moral or financial support both at family and state level, these victims
develop different psychological complications including, deviant behavior, drug addiction,
suicidal thoughts and falling in the trap of criminal gangs. For their economic self-
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