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Wear anything but denims in Tihar

You can wear sport shoes of any brand, if they do not have spongy soles. You can wear clothes of any brand, if they are not made of denim. Explosives, drugs and using written or sign language to communicate is not allowed.

delhi Updated: Apr 06, 2010 00:03 IST
Abhishek Sharan

You can wear sport shoes of any brand, if they do not have spongy soles.

You can wear clothes of any brand, if they are not made of denim.

Explosives, drugs and using written or sign language to communicate is not allowed.

These instructions, and many more such, are contained in a 20-page bi-lingual (Hindi and English) booklet issued recently to inmates at the Tihar jail by its officials. Seeking to spread awareness, the booklet is a set of information and instructions aiming to make inmates stick to rules and refrain from violence, bullying and other illegal activities.

The reason why sport shoes with spongy sole are banned, said Tihar jail’s spokesperson Sunil Gupta, is because an inmate can “hide prohibited articles including drugs or blades inside the sole.”

Similarly, denim, a rugged cotton twill textile, is prohibited because of its thickness -- a sharp, thin blade could be hidden in its folds, said Gupta.

Around 5,000 copies of the booklet, which includes portions from the jail manual based on the Delhi Prisons Act, 2000, were published for distribution among 11, 500 inmates spread across 10 sub-jails.

The booklet is supposed to work as an inmate’s guide to “lead a peaceful, empowered and rewarding life at Tihar,” said Gupta.

The instructions and guidelines, contained in the booklet, also find mention in a 30-minute video movie.

In the video, sub-jail number seven’s deputy superintendent Meena Lookhar dons the role of a ‘guide’, who passes on tips on leading a rule-bound life to the inmates; the video is shown twice a day to inmates with the help of television sets kept in barracks’ and common rooms.

Among the guidelines contained in the booklet is information on how an inmate can avail of free legal aid available at the jail, how he/she can get/continue his education there and how he/she can complain about any official or inmate.