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A Death Most Foul: The Unnatural Death of Naim Ahmad in Tihar Jail

07 Jan 2013

On 31 January 2012, news of yet another ‘mystery death’ at Tihar made it to the papers. Unlike earlier cases, this death sparked off angry protests by hundreds of family members and neighbours of Naim, the person who had died (see Times of India, New Delhi edition, 31 January 2012, p. 2).Family members did not want Naim’s post mortem to be conducted at Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital (DDU)..Their protest led to instant results. The post mortem was conducted at Sanjay Gandhi Hospital in west Delhi in the presence of metropolitan magistrate Viplav Dabas, who was also entrusted with conducting a judicial enquiry. Dabas’ enquiry report, released in May 2012, pointed to ‘foul play’ in Naim’s death.For years, democratic and human rights organizations have fought for the recognition of custodial rape, torture and death, and this case seemed to be headed in the right direction.For years, democratic and human rights organizations have fought for the recognition of custodial rape, torture and death, and this case seemed to be headed in the right direction.

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