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NCJ Number: 48036 Find in a Library
Title: SISTER, ARE YOU STILL HERE? - THE DIARY OF A SINDHI WOMAN PRISONER
Journal: RACE AND CLASS  Volume:18  Issue:3  Dated:(1977)  Pages:219-245
Author(s): A BALUCH
Corporate Author: Institute of Race Relations
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Race Relations
London N 1, England
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: A WOMAN ARRESTED AND IMPRISONED FOR HER PARTICIPATION IN A POLITICAL MOVEMENT IN WEST PAKISTAN DESCRIBES HER DAILY LIFE IN PRISON, HER RELATIONSHIPS WITH OTHER PRISONERS, AND THE DEPRIVATIONS THEY EXPERIENCE.
Abstract: THE DIARIST HAD PARTICIPATED IN MOVEMENTS DEMANDING PUBLICATION OF THE ELECTORAL LIST IN SINDHI AS WELL AS IN ENGLISH AND URDU, AND ATTEMPTING TO BREAK UP THE AMALGAMATION OF THE FOUR PROVINCES OF WEST PAKISTAN INTO THE ONE STATE KNOWN AS 'ONE UNIT.' SHE DESCRIBES HER EXPERIENCES IN TWO INSTITUTIONS: A CENTRAL JAIL AND A PRISON. IN BOTH, WOMEN ARE INCARCERATED WITH THEIR CHILDREN. IN THE JAIL, THE DIARIST PARTICIPATED IN A HUNGER STRIKE. SHE DESCRIBES HER FEELINGS, HER THOUGHTS ON THE CAUSE FOR WHICH SHE WAS IMPRISONED, AND THE EFFORTS OF PRISON OFFICIALS TO BREAK HER FAST. WHEN THE AUTHOR WAS MOVED TO PRISON, SHE WAS CLASSIFIED AS A CRIMINAL RATHER THAN A POLITICAL PRISONER AND WAS PLACED IN A UNIT WITH WOMEN WHO WERE SERVING SENTENCES FOR MURDER. SHE DESCRIBES HER TALKS WITH THESE WOMEN, THEIR EXPLANATIONS OF WHAT THEY HAD DONE, AND THEIR COMMON EXPERIENCES IN PRISON. AN INTRODUCTORY SECTION, WRITTEN BY A NON-INDIAN WOMAN WHO HAD SPENT TIME IN AN INDIAN PRISON, POINTS TO THE POLITICAL IMPLICATIONS OF THE SINDHI WOMAN'S DIARY AND COMMENDS THE DIARIST'S AND HER FELLOW PRISONERS' COURAGE. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (adult); Females; Inmates; Pakistan; Political offenders
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