Forced to have sex by Bangalore jail authorities?

  • Sudipto Mondal, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
  • Updated: Nov 16, 2014 17:13 IST

The infamous Parappa Agrahara Central Jail has hit a new low with two shocking anonymous complaint letters surfacing in the women’s section of the jail, alleging that female inmates are forced into sex by jail authorities.

The letters are part of a dossier, full of shocking revelations, submitted to the Karnataka high court by a judicial officer who was investigating irregularities in the prison.

The two letters, written in barely legible Kannada by women inmates, allege that they are forced to have sex with male inmates who pay the jail authorities between Rs 300 and Rs 500 for the ‘service’.

Addressed to the chief justice of Karnataka, the letters paint a dystopic picture of life in the jail. The inmates have to pay bribes to meet their visiting relatives.

The investigation also pointed that although 24 convicts jumped parole since June, jail authorities had not brought this to the notice of the courts or lodged a complaint with the police.

Allegations have often surfaced that high-profile prisoners are given special facilities but they are never followed up. However, according to the enquiry, there is a well oiled rent collection system in the prison. Inmates are charged an advance of Rs 20,000 and pay a monthly rent of Rs 10,000 for special cells, the report submitted to the HC says.

VS Raja, additional inspector general of prisons, dismissed the allegations saying the prison was covered by CCTV cameras and it was a conspiracy to defame the prison authorities by rival officers.

The jail has housed many high profile inmates, including former chief minister BS Yeddyurappa, mining baron G Janardhan Reddy and recently, former Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa.

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