New Delhi: The rising communal tension in much of North India hasn’t stopped the oldest Muslim organization in the country, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, from helping free at least eight prisoners belonging to the majority Hindu community, who were incarcerated in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.
These are those prisoners who were forced to stay inside the jail despite completing their jail term due to the fact that they were unable to pay the fines imposed on them. Mostly belonging to poorest of the poor families, they would have stayed behind bars for many more years had the top Muslim organization in the country not come forward and helped them pay their fines and get out of the jail.
A small meet was organized in the premises of the high security Tihar Jail, following the release of these prisoners and the great gesture made by the Jamiat. Former Rajya Sabha MP and the head of the Jamiat, Mahmood Madani has spearheaded a campaign across much of the country to help get the prisoners released from prisons who are unable to come out of jail due to their inability to pay fines or bail amount. Many people have to spend years despite their jail terms being over due to their inability to pay even small amounts. Some others have to stay behind bars despite bailable offenses as they cannot pay the bail amount that is very small in many cases.
The gesture by the Jamiat has warmed the hearts of not just the families of those people who have tested freedom after long years of captivity, but also the Tihar officials. Ajay Kashyap, the director of Tihar jail, while appreciating the Jamiat’s gesutre said, “I feel immense pain when people are unable to pay fines and have to stay behind bars. I am immensely happy to see an organization like Jamiat coming forward and helping such poor people.
The people who have been freed after Jamiat’s initiative include Chaman son of Om Prakash, Dhiraj son of Panna Lal, Bhim Sen son of Moti Ram, Kalu, Amit son of Rajendra, Sanjiva, Uday Ratra etc. A 75 year old prisoner, who was freed from captivity after spending 18 long years in jail was overcome by emotions and fell on the feet of the Jamiat officials in front of everyone.
While speaking on the occasion, Maulana Hakimuddin Qasmi, secretary of Jamiat Ulama said it is going to be a regular feature of our legal aid initiative. He said when it came to such efforts, the Jamiat chief Maulana Mahmud Madani made no distinction between Muslims and Hindus. All our efforts are humanitarian and derived by love for humanity as prescribed by God and His Prophet.