Afzal Guru’s wife denies he was sodomised in jail

Moazum Mohammad

Srinagar: Afzal Guru’s wife has dismissed as “baseless and untrue” media reports suggesting that her husband, who was hanged two years ago in Tihar jail after being convicted for attack on Indian Parliament, was sodomised during imprisonment.
On January 2, an article ‘Between Social and Criminal’, published in The Hindu newspaper, claimed Afzal had been urinated upon and forced into having anal sex with another accused Shafqat Hussain.
Afzal’s wife Tabasum Guru told Kashmir Reader, “He was kept in solitary confinement for 10 years. So the question of sodomy doesn’t exist. Also, he was under CCTV surveillance. Except for when he went to the washroom, his every move was being monitored.”
“He shared minute details about interrogation and torture during his initial remand period. But claiming that he was sodomised is completely false,” said Tabasum, who works at a private hospital in her hometown Sopore.
The author of the article had quoted Syed Abdul Rahman Geelani, an accused in the Parliament attack case who was later acquitted, as saying that compared to the torture he was subjected to in detention, the torture of Afzal Guru and Shafqat Hussain was inhuman.
“During my visits to Tihar jail, the prison officials respected me and used to provide ample time to talk with Afzal. He never uttered a word about it. After the report got published, I talked to his fellow inmates in Tihar. They denied it as well,” Tabassum added.
On February 2013, Afzal was hanged and interred at Tihar jail for his alleged role in December 2001 Parliament attack case. He is survived by Tabasum and a son, Ghalib, who was two years old when Afzal was arrested.