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Muslim inmate branded with ‘Om’ symbol in Indian jail

April 20 , 2019

A Delhi court has ordered an inquiry against a Tihar jail official for allegedly beating and branding an undertrial prisoner with an ‘Om’ symbol on his back.

The inquiry was initiated by prisons DIG against prison superintendent Rajesh Chauhan, The Hindu reported.

Shabbir’s family had registered a complaint that their son’s life was in danger inside the jail, as he was being subjected to torture.

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The 34-year-old was a resident of Seelampur in northeast Delhi and had been lodged in Tihar since March, 2016. On April 12, he complained to the superintendent that the induction stove in their barracks was not working properly.

The officer got angry with his complaint and called Shabbir to his office, where he was allegedly subjected to cruelty by the official and other jail staff. He was allegedly starved for two days.

The metropolitan magistrate of Karkardooma Courts has sought medical examination of Shabbir for the burn imprint on his back. The magistrate has also asked investigators to collect CCTV footage and statement of other inmates.

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The court has asked jail authorities to ensure safety of the inmate.

Jail authorities said Shabbir was a “notorious criminal who is currently in judicial custody under MCOCA, attempt to murder and Arms Act.” They said he has violated prison rules on several occasions.

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