NEW DELHI — The death of Ram Singh, one of the six defendants in the Delhi gang rape case who was found hanged in his cell, has raised speculation about its cause and questions about the management of Tihar Jail. While the post-mortem report suggested suicide, Mr. Singh’s parents contend that the police murdered him, in part because both his arms were damaged from previous accidents.
What really happened on the morning of March 11 may never be known, but it has put life inside Tihar, one of India’s best-known jails, under scrutiny.
The gang rape of a 23-year-old student on Dec. 16, which led to nationwide protests and caused international furor, was regarded so barbaric that many Indians demanded the death penalty for Mr. Singh and the five others accused of the crime. Shortly after Mr. Singh entered Tihar Jail, some news outlets reported he was beaten by other inmates.
To understand the experience of sex offender suspects in jail, India Ink spoke with Niranjan Kumar Mandal, who was charged in the gang rape of a 23-year-old pregnant woman in a moving car in Delhi in July 2005. The case, known as the Mayapuri gang rape case, sent shock waves through the capital because not only was the young woman pregnant, she had a speech and hearing impairment as well.
The police, under intense public pressure, caught the wrong man. After spending four years in Tihar Jail, Mr. Mandal was acquitted in March 2010 by the trial court for lack of evidence. In 2011, he sued the Delhi government for 45 million rupees ($800,000) for falsely implicating him. The case for compensation is still pending in the Delhi High Court.
Mr. Mandal spoke about his arrest, his time spent in Tihar Jail, the behavior of his fellow inmates and the suffering of his family. He also shared his thoughts on Mr. Singh’s death.
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