20 Hindus join 160 Muslims in observing fast

The spirit of Ramzan has touched not only Muslims in the Parappana Agrahara jail, but also some of the Hindu inmates who have decided to join them in fasting.

Around 160 Muslim inmates of the central prison, along with 20 of their Hindu counterparts, are observing fast during the month of Ramzan. “To our surprise, we received around 20 applications from Hindus who volunteered to fast with Muslim inmates,” Chief Superintendent of the Bangalore Central Jail Krishna Kumar said. There are about 800 Muslims in the prison.

Scrutiny

He said that they scrutinised the applications before granting permission. The department had made special provisions to house 180 people in single barracks. The department has also made provisions to prepare the morning and evening meals for those who fast.

“We have received requisitions from inmates of ‘sensitive’ category to allow them to observe fast with the others. However, we have allowed them to observe Ramzan within their cell because of security reasons,” he said.

The prison, which has a mosque, conducts special prayers every Friday, when the Imam comes to deliver special prayers. A moulvi from Bangalore, jailed for a criminal case a few years ago, is conducting the prayers. “We are also planning to have Iftar parties to share the mood of Ramzan among the inmates,” a senior official said.

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