‘For Kashmiris, Tihar has a jail within jail’

‘For Kashmiris, Tihar has a jail within jail’

SRINAGAR: Neighbours and relatives poured in to greet the Shah family at their home in Shuhama area of Ganderbal for the homecoming of their son, Mohammad Rafiq Shah, acquitted along with another Kashmiri after spending 12 years in Tihar jail in Delhi. “All I know is that I have suffered a lot,” Rafiq said while […]

Kashmir may be a prison, but it cares not for prisoners

Kashmir may be a prison, but it cares not for prisoners

Srinagar: Until news came of the death sentence given to Muzaffar Ahmad Rather, there was hardly a thought spared for him in Kashmir Valley. Condemnation galore of the death sentence given by a Kolkata court came from prominent faces of the resistance camp; civil society and Jammu and Kashmir Bar Association (JKBA) offered legal help; […]

Afzal I knew liked Rumi, disliked Pak, ISI: Kobad Ghandy

Afzal I knew liked Rumi, disliked Pak, ISI: Kobad Ghandy

When the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Campus became the setting for a nationalism debate in the spring of 2016 after a group of students wanted to mark the anniversary of Afzal Guru’s hanging, there was one person watching things very, very carefully… Sixty-nine-year-old Kobad Ghandy, who…scanned the papers every morning during that period for the […]

Tihar now has a woman Superintendent for men’s jail

Tihar now has a woman Superintendent for men’s jail

New Delhi: “Don’t call me a jailer” says a smiling Anju Mangla, the first woman incharge of a men’s prison in high-security Tihar jail. Two women, Kiran Bedi and Vimla Mehra, have served as DG of Tihar but it’s for the fist time that a woman has been appointed as the superintendent of a men’s […]

Tawseef returns home after 4 years of imprisonment

Tawseef returns home after 4 years of imprisonment

SOPORE: After four years of imprisonment in the Tihar Jail, Tawseef Ahmad Peer, a resident of Badambagh, Sopore, has been reunited with his family. Eldest among three sons of Syed Peer, a private school teacher, Tawseef had many dreams. He wanted to support his younger siblings by helping his father, who, in the last four […]

Tihar jail now ‘maps’ how visitors, prisoners walk

Tihar jail now ‘maps’ how visitors, prisoners walk

SRINAGAR: Tihar Jail authorities now monitor how visitors walk while meeting their incarcerated kin. Nusrat Geelani, daughter of former Delhi University lecturer SAR Geelani who has been arrested on charges of sedition, said that while visiting her father she noticed “something strange”. ALSO READ: How Tihar denies dignified life to Kashmiri prisoners “I have been […]

How Tihar denies dignified life to Kashmiri prisoners

How Tihar denies dignified life to Kashmiri prisoners

Srinagar: Does the fundamental rights flee a person as he enters the prison? The Supreme Court of India answered it in negative way back in 1980, emphasizing that denying a prisoner dignified life amounts to convicting a nation, dehumanization and repudiating the world legal order. More than three-and-a half decades down the line, the apex […]

My days with Afzal Guru at Tihar Jail

My days with Afzal Guru at Tihar Jail

I was with Afzal sahab’s for nearly two-and-a half years in cell number 3 (of Tihar Jail). Currently I am in Jail No. 1, adjacent to the graves of Maqbool sahab and Afzal sahab. Though I feel proud of these martyrs, it saddens me when I realise how they were denied the final resting place […]