Over 150 Hindu inmates keep Roza with 2,300 Muslims at Tihar

Special arrangements have been made for the inmates to perform prayers and enjoy their pre-dawn 'sehri' meal.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published: July 6, 2014 11:04 am

Setting an example of rare communal harmony, more than 150 Hindu inmates of Tihar Jail here are keeping roza, the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan, along with over 2,300 Muslim inmates.

The holy month of Ramazan commenced on June 29 this year.

Tihar Jail authorities said the Hindu inmates started keeping Rozas along with the Muslim inmates from the very first day and have said they will continue the month-long fasting to its completion.

“The inmates have symbolised the strong bond of unity among them which is appreciable. Jail authorities have made all the arrangements so that those observing Ramzan do not face any difficulty,” Tihar jail PRO Sunil Gupta said.

Special arrangements have been made for the inmates to perform prayers and enjoy their pre-dawn ‘sehri’ meal and evening meals known as ‘iftars’.

“Food items like seasonal fruits, sweets like ‘Jalebi’, dry fruits, and various other snacks are being made available to them for both ‘Sehari’ and ‘Iftar’,” he said.

Gupta said that the day-long ‘roza’ ends with ‘iftar’ in their respective wards of the jail following which they offer Namaz outside their cells. Over 70 women inmates are also a part of the religious practice, he added.

Ramzan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is observed as a fasting period by Muslims, who abstain from food and water from sunrise to sunset.

Muslims wake up early morning for the pre-dawn ‘sehri’ meal renouncing food and water during the day before breaking their fasts in the evening. The evening meals are known as ‘iftars’.

The month-long fasting will culminate in the Id-ul-Fitr celebrations next month.

As Islam follows a lunar calendar, the holy month begins every year about 11 days earlier and its commencement is traditionally determined by the appearance of the new moon.

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  1. M
    muhammed talha
    Jul 6, 2014 at 6:25 pm
    Sir where it is mentioned that there are only 150 Hindus in the tihar jail...these are number of that Hindus that have fastened.
    1. A
      Jul 7, 2014 at 7:51 am
      Total capacity of Tihar jail is 6250. Of that 2300 are muslims by the above article. Just don't infer things when all the facts are not provided. I would rate the article below average as the article misleads people.
      1. S
        Jul 7, 2014 at 10:27 am
        As of December 31 2012, the potion in Tihar was 10,533.
        1. S
          Jul 6, 2014 at 12:32 pm
          There are 2300 musilms in tihar and 150 hindus. Shows how muslims are the one doing crimes in india
          1. T
            Jul 6, 2014 at 6:22 pm
            You do realize that not all hindus have decided to keep roza right? only 150 out of a larger number did.
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