Not personal belongings, we are human: Owaisi on Muslim inmate branded with Om symbol

Asaduddin Owaisi also tweeted that to brand someone like cattle was cruel and dehumanising.

A day after it emerged that a Muslim undertrial in Tihar Jail was branded with an “Om” symbol on his back and unfed for two days, All India Majlis-E-Ittehadul Muslimeen Party president Asaduddin Owaisi tweeted that branding someone like cattle was cruel, unusual and dehumanising.

“Everyday, a more innovative way is developed to humiliate us To brand someone like cattle is cruel, unusual & dehumanising. We’re not chattel, we’re HUMAN… (Let’s not pretend there’s any other reason why Nabbir was branded with this specific symbol),” Asadduddin tweeted.

When the Muslim undertrial, Shabbir alias Nabbir, was brought before a magistrate, she found an “Om” symbol seared into his skin.

The case came to light after Shabbir’s family approached Karkardooma court with a complaint that their son’s life was “in danger in the jail”.

On April 12, Shabbir raised a complaint with the superintendent of jail no 4 – Rajesh Chauhan. Shabbir told Rajesh Chauhan that the induction stove in their barracks was not working properly.

Incensed by the complaint, the jail official then started beating Shabbir.

Rajesh Chauhan then summoned Shabbir into his office, berating him for “trying to be a neta” and raising complaints. Behind closed doors, Rajesh Chauhan and some other jail officials beat Shabbir again.

They did not stop there.

Not satisfied with the beating, Rajesh Chauhan took a metal Om symbol, heated it, and branded the Om on Shabbir’s back.

Shabbir was then denied food for two days, and on April 14, Rajesh Chauhan told Shabbir that he had “converted to Hinduism as he had ‘fasted’ during Navratri”.

The jail officials also berated him for his religion saying that “you Muslims have destroyed our country”.

Shabbir narrated his ordeal to his family, who contacted their advocate. On April 16, when advocate Jagmohan met his client (Shabbir) in jail, the branded symbol had only healed a little.

The case was heard by the court on April 17 when Shabbir was already scheduled to be brought to court for a hearing in the ongoing trial against him.

In the courtroom, the judge asked him to narrate his story, and then she saw the branded symbol herself.

Source: India Today