The Rajasthan State Human Rights Commission has sought an explanation from the Alwar and Jaipur Central Jail authorities over the alleged ill-treatment meted out to rape convict Bitti Mohanty. The Commission took suo motu cognizance of media reports in which Bittis family alleged that he jumped parole because he wanted to flee the inhuman treatment meted out to him in the two jails.
Chairperson,Rajasthan SHRC,H R Kuri told The Indian Express,We read in the newspapers that Bitti was sexually and physically abused and mentally tortured in the Alwar and Jaipur jails where he was lodged after his conviction. If this is true it is a clear violation of human rights. We have sought an explanation from the two jail authorities. Kuri said that if the reply is found to be unsatisfactory,the matter will be further investigated either by an independent agency or the Commissions investigation wing.
Bitti Mohanty’s family members had alleged that he was severely abused physically and mentally. The other inmates tried to sodomise him and inflicted cigarette burns on his body and when he tried to defend himself he was beaten up,the family said,adding that he would have to starve for days as other inmates urinated on his food.
Bitti was charged with rape of a 26-year-old German researcher in Alwar on March 20,2006 and convicted on April 12,2006.
Bitti Mohanty,son of former Orissa DGP B B Mahanti,had jumped parole in November,2006 and was traced at Kannur in Kerala last month,where he was working as a probationer in a bank as Raghav Rajan. He is in the custody of Kerala Police,who have sought more time to investigate charges of forgery,cheating and impersonation.