PM concerned over children living in prison with mothers | Daily News

PM concerned over children living in prison with mothers

Ministry directed to find alternative :

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa’s attention had been drawn towards the plight of 46 children, all under five, living with their mothers serving time in prisons.

After seeing a report published in a national newspaper that 46 children are living inside prisons across the country with their mothers sentenced on various charges including drug trafficking, the Prime Minister had immediately directed the minister in charge of the subject to look into the possibility of releasing the children and ways to ensure their protection and needs outside of prisons.

Issuing a media communiqué the Prime Minister’s Media Division stated that Premier Rajapaksa as soon as he saw the news had directed the Prison Reforms and Rehabilitation of Prisoners State Minister Dr.Sudarshani Fernanandopulle over the phone to look into possible measures to release the children.

The 46 children, all under five, belong to women who were either imprisoned while pregnant or had newborns. They are currently in the custody of their mothers on court order.

The PM’s media unit stated that when inquired from the minister about the future steps to be taken with regard to these children she had said that all information in this regard is being collected and she will soon inform Prime Minister Rajapaksa about the legal background and procedures for the release of these children.

Prisons Commissioner General Thushara Upuldeniya said information was being collected and majority of the mothers with young children are in remand prisons.