Muslim jail inmate beaten and branded with 'Om' symbol by jail officials in India

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Muslim jail inmate beaten and branded with 'Om' symbol by jail officials in India

NEW DELHI: A Muslim inmate under trial at the Tihar prison claimed he was beaten and branded with an Om symbol by jail officials inside the prison premises, *India Today* link reported.

Nabbir, told his family that he was branded with an Om symbol and was not fed for two days on April 12, the paper reported, adding the inmate said that he was subjected to cruel and inhuman treatment by jail superintendent Rajesh Chauhan.

After his family informed his counsel, the counsel moved an application in the court.

Directing the Tihar authorities to probe the complaint, the court said, “The allegations raised by the accused are of serious nature and required immediate intervention… a notice is being issued to DGP, Prisoner, Head Quarter, Jail No 4, New Delhi to get the medical examination of accused Nabbir conducted with immediate effect and also to make enquiry report regarding the burn imprinted ‘Om’ mark on the person of the accused.”

The court also instructed jail authorities to ensure the inmate's safety and that he be “immediately removed from the direct or indirect supervision of jail superintendent Rajesh Chauhan”.