Tihar Jail’s poor inmates walk free as Jamiat deposits fine against them

By TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter

Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, one of the largest Indian Muslim organisations, helped release eight inmates of Tihar Jail, Delhi who were locked down behind bars because they could not pay the fine imposed on to them.

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Jamiat deposited Rs 53,000 on behalf of eight prisoners — all non-Muslims — setting a “humanitarian example at a time when the country is reeling under the communal tension.”

The function was organised in Jail No. 2 of Tihar on February 2, 2018. Ajay Kashyap, DG (Prisons) attended the event as the Chief Guest of the function. SS Parihar, DIG (P) was also present at the occasion along with few other officials.

In the program, all eight convicts were immediately released from the jail and were let out for a new beginning of their free life. DG Ajay Kashyap thanked the Jamiat and its national general secretary Maulana Mahmood Madani for the generosity shown. He also urged Jamiat to continue their support for such noble cause in the future also.

Ajay Kashyap has advised that special emphasis is given to the inmates belonging to the economic and social backward strata of the society. Kashyap said, “Delhi prison is a correctional institution that aims to rehabilitate inmates with a human touch so that after releasing from jail they can again rejoin as productive members of society by providing them with useful life skills, education, and support.”

“During the period of incarceration, the inmates are occupied in positive and constructive activities and encouraged to participate in various activities,” he added.

Kashyap also talked about the “Constitution Week”, which was celebrated in the last week of November 2017 by the prison department. The focus in the week was on identification of prisoners who were granted bail but could not be released due to their inability to produce sureties.

During this exercise, several poor convicts were identified who were undergoing sentence in lieu of the fine. Jail administration tried to reach out to several philanthropic organisations for help for these convicts. “It was decided to join hands with some organisations so that the fine amount can be deposited to ensure the release of such convicts immediately to re-integrate in the mainstream of the society again as a productive member of society,” said the press statement released by Jamiat.

On the occasion, Kashyap thanked Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind for approaching prison administrations and coming forward to cooperate on humanitarian ground. On behalf of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind Maulana Hakeemuddin Qasim, Maulana Ghayyur Qusim, Qari Abdus Sami, Qari Naushad Adil, Maulana Yaseen Jahazi, Maulana Shafiq Qasmi Mufti Suhail Qasmi, Maulana Azeemullah Qasmi were also present in the function. The JUH delegation also gifted sets of Holy Qur’an to the DG.