An inmate of Tihar jail stripped in a packed courtroom recently to show the torture marks allegedly received at the hands of the jail authorities.
Yogesh (who goes by only his first name), a prisoner at Tihar since 2007 in a case related to attempt to murder and arms act, had sent a letter to the court in December 2009 stating that inmates are forced to take off all of their clothes and are then paraded naked on the pretext of physical search.
Taken aback by the sight of torture marks on Yogesh’s body during the recent hearing, Additional Session Judge Atul Kumar Garg immediately ordered a medical test and asked the authorities concerned to furnish a detailed report on the injury marks.
The medical tests conducted at Hedgewar Hospital in Anand Vihar reported the injuries were a result of brutal beating.
The judge asked Tihar's deputy superintendent Harish Tyagi and superintendent Vijay Kumar to respond to the allegations.
The judge asked why were inmates asked to strip and later tortured.
The judge also asked the jail superintendent to give detailed information about such incidents and also the number cases of torture reported from Tihar Jail.
To this the superintendent's reply was that he was new at his position and would need some time to investigate the matter.
Yogesh then pleaded before the judge to review the CCTV recordings of Ward number 8, where he is lodged and was brutally beaten by a constable and a clerical officer.
There are 175 barracks in Tihar Jail and around 11,500 inmates across a 400-acre campus.
The premises has close to 270 cameras and a central room tracks visuals from the CCTV cameras.
Yogesh, in his complaint, had alleged that after their production in court, the inmates were regularly asked to strip and the entire process had embarrassed him over the years. The matter is scheduled for hearing on Friday.