Ram Singh, the man who along with five friends brutalised the 23-year-old woman on a moving bus on December 16, has several times asked his co-inmates if they could recommend the name of a good lawyer charging a reasonable fee.
But Singh, who is lodged in sub-jail number three in Tihar, has got only seething stares and at times, a mouthful of expletives in return. The co-inmates of the rape accused have made it clear they want to shun all contact with him and his aides, jail officials said.
The sixth rape accused is lodged at a detention facility meant for minors.
"Many co-inmates have told Ram Singh that they do not want to talk or interact with him or any of his four friends lodged in Tihar. They have asked him to stay away from them," said a jail source. "Singh wants to know the name of a good lawyer, but nobody shares such information with him," he said.
At the prayer sessions, which take place daily after the mandatory headcount of the inmates by a jail warder, no one talks to Singh while he sulks in a queue, according to another official.
Singh and his four friends stand out among their co-inmates during lunch and dinner when metallic 'hot food' trolleys make their noisy entrance into their wards, said the source.
Several inmates lodged in the high-security wards and facing charges, including that of terror and murder, have made it known to their co-inmates that "they should get a chance to punish the five rape accused for being brutal with their victim," the source said.
"Though cagey, the five rape accused are now a little relaxed inside jail since trial has begun. They know they can complain to the court," said the source.