Prison Care and Counselling Association (PRISCCA) has called for constitutional clause that will allow conjugal rights for prisoners.
Association Executive Director Godfrey Malembeka, says there is need to review the prison laws and consider conjugal rights of inmates.
Mr. Malembeka made the call during an exclusive interview with ZANIS in Lusaka yesterday.
He noted that most divorces are jumpstarted by lack of conjugal rights by spouses of prisoners both men and women who fail to wait for their partners to finish their jail sentences.
Mr Malembeka stressed that, once conjugal right to prisoners is allowed, it will reduce HIV/ AIDS cases in prisons in that some people enter prisons negative but leave the premises HIV positive.
He further explained that due to lack of conjugal rights, inmates resort to having anal sex hence the increase of anal sex cases which are a leading driver of HIV/AIDS in prisons.
“I know how inmates sexually harass each other that’s why am in support of conjugal rights in prisons,” He said said.
Mr. Malembeka urged the government to build facilities in which prisoners can get visits from their spouses and enjoy their conjugal rights.