Three days after the main accused in the Delhi gangrape case hanged himself in his Tihar cell,a woman inmate too was found hanging in her cell in a separate jail of the prison complex. Jail officials called it suicide and said she was depressed because she could not arrange for surety to get bail in the case.
Thirty-year-old Reshma,an undertrial in a 2011 kidnapping case,was found hanging in her 15×10 feet cell in Jail No. 6,the womens jail,on Thursday afternoon. Jail officials said she used her dupatta for a noose,fastened it to a ventilator and hanged herself.
A matron on a round spotted her hanging from the ventilator of her cell around 3 pm. She was alone in the cell in the afternoon. Her two cell mates were out at work in the prison, Tihar spokesperson Sunil Gupta said.
The matron raised the alarm and Reshma was taken to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival. The post-mortem report is awaited.
Gupta said an inquiry had been ordered into the death. If lapses are found,responsibility would be fixed,he said.
This is the fourth suicide in Tihar in a little over a year.
A jail official said the ventilator in Reshmas cell was not at a great height and she did not need any prop to reach it. The official said Ram Singh,main accused in the December 16 gangrape case,stood on an overturned bucket to reach the skylight grille from where he hanged himself.
Reshma did not leave any suicide note but she was said to be depressed because she was unable to arrange surety for bail. An official claimed she had a history of suicide attempts in the jail,and had been under medication.
Asked about this,Gupta said these questions would be taken up by the committee that will inquire into the death.
Reshma was arrested in 2011 by the south-east district police. She was accused of being a member of a gang behind the abduction of two persons.
Deaths behind bars
n Reshmas death is the fourth suicide case in the past 15 months
n Comes three days after Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh was found dead in his cell in Jail 3
n Two suicides were reported from the high-security prison complex last year
n A 2012 report in Delhi Journal of Psychiatry by prison psychiatrists says there were 20 suicides in Tihar in the past decade between 2001 and April 2012
n Most of those found dead inside the prison were undertrials
n In January last year,a prisoner was found dead in Jail No. 8. Prison authorities claimed he fell from the stairs,the post-mortem examination revealed that he had suffered internal blows,suggesting foul play.
n In another incident last year,a prisoner was suspected to have died after being forced to consume a poisonous substance
Ram Singh died of asphyxia,FSL report awaited
Doctors at AIIMS who examined the body of Delhi gangrape accused Ram Singh,who was found hanging in his Tihar cell early Monday,observed a clear ligature mark around the neck,and declared asphyxia as the cause of death. Doctors said there was no other external injury mark on his body. Singhs family and lawyer had alleged foul play. His body tissues have been sent to the FSL laboratory to rule out the possibility of poisoning.