Gulfisha had alleged that she was harassed by jail staff for being a Muslim and had requested the court to take action against them
NEW DELHI — A Delhi court has directed the Tihar jail authorities to change duty staff or ward of incarcerated anti-CAA and student Gulfisha Fatima who is in jail since April under the draconian UAPA in connection with the Delhi riots case.
Addl. Sessions Judge Karkardooma court Amitabh Rawat on Thursday instructed the jail superintendent “to ensure that if need be, to change the ward of the applicant or change the staff on duty or other steps that he deems fit to avoid any confrontation.”
Fatima had alleged that she was harassed by jail staff for being a Muslim and had requested the court to take action against them. She had also sought better facilities, including change in brand of milk, access to headphones for legal interview and a study room.
In response, the authorities said some of her requests were considered but denied that she was being treated unfairly for her Muslim identity. “Staff has also been directed to behave politely and not to argue with other inmates. The applicant has also been given correctional punishments to mend her behaviour,” the response read.
The court avoided getting into the veracity of the allegation from both the sides but acknowledged that there was an argument between the accused and jail staff. It directed the authorities to ensure that Fatima be shifted to a different ward or her staff be changed.