LAHORE - A law officer on Thursday submitted a report from Inspector General Prisons, Punjab before the Lahore High Court highlighting the problems in the 32 jails of Punjab. The IG Prisons denying the allegations that prisoners were mistreated in jails, has submitted in the report that problems of jails were shortage of medical facilities, housing space and overcrowding of prisoners. The IG submitted that jail police follow policy which says 'hate crime, not man. The said report was submitted before Justice Shahid Hamid who was hearing a petition filed by Muhammad Azhar Siddique, chairman Judicial Activism Panel (JAP), against pathetic conditions of prisoners in jails across Punjab. Regarding problem of overcrowding of prisoners in jails, the report stated that 52,408 prisoners were lodged in 32 jails against a housing capacity of just 21,527 prisoners. He admitted that during tests it had come on record that 20 percent prisoners were suffering from hepatitis B & C and HIV. The report stated that Prisons department lacks even essential funds for medical treatment and government was not allocating funds despite requisitions and requests from jails authorities. According to the report 146 percent additional prisoners were staying in the jails compared to the jails capacity. Among them 51,720 were male while 688 women. Regarding shortage of medical staff in hospitals of 32 jails, the IG said, 60 male doctors and 21 female doctors were urgently required in jails while at the moment only 18 doctors were serving in 32 jails. The IG prisons submitted that 13 new jails were being built with a cost of Rs 8158.798 million which would accommodate 11920 prisoners and help to improve conditions in all jails. The IG said that since December 2003 satisfactory food was being served to the inmates as it includes beef, chicken, besides vegetables and pulses. Earlier, the petitioner-counsel submitted that recently in Kot Lakhpat jail prisoners found a human part in their meal and it caused panic among inmates who later refused to eat the jail food and went on strike, the petitioner said. However, Raja Rehman, law officer of prisons department, rejected it claiming it a false story and submitted that the meat was tested in laboratory and it was not found to be human flesh. The court remarked that anything could be expected of our jails and general public was aware of it and much is needed yet to be done to improve jail conditions. The court adjourned further proceedings till September 9.