New Delhi: Fasting from dawn to dusk during the month of Ramzan is an important part of religion for Muslims, regardless of where they may be. In a show of solidarity, 59 Hindu prisoners at the Tihar Jail in Delhi have been observing the Ramzan fasts along with their 2,299 Muslim co-prisoners, media reported on Monday.
“Inside the prison the one thing that the prisoners have is time. Each of them is troubled in their own way. Many of these prisoners try to change their ways and seek the end of their trouble in religion. Inside the prison, we see many cases of prisoners either finding a newfound religious connection or, in some cases, losing whatever little faith they had,” a Hindu prisoner said.
The Hindus are reportedly undertaking the fasts for various reasons, while a 45-year-old woman told jail officers she is fasting for the welfare of her son outside the prison, another prisoner said to officials that he is fasting in hopes of an early release.A 21-year-old prisoner said to jail officials that he was observing the fast as he wanted to participate with his Muslim co-prisoners.
In view of the soaring temperatures, the jail officials have made special arrangements for prisoners observing the Ramzan fast.
“Across all jails, officials have put up boards which display the sunset timings every day. We have ordered dates and rooh afza for all the fasting prisoners. There is also a special arrangement to make space available for them to observe namaz in the morning hours. The jail timings have also been relaxed for prisoners who are fasting,” said the prison’s director general, Ajay Kashyap.
The central prison has around 15,000 inmates spread across different jails, among which 97 women prisoners are fasting for Ramzan.