In Delhi over 100 Hindu inmates of prisons are observing roza, the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan, along with Muslim prisoners.
In a statement, the Tihar prison administration said out of 16,665 inmates lodged in 16 central jails of Delhi prisons, 2,658 prisoners are observing rozas.
Out of these 2,658 inmates, 110 are Hindus.
There are 31 Hindu women inmates and 12 Hindu adolescent inmates observing the fast during the holy month of Ramzan, the statement read.
According to prison authorities, ‘langar’ timings have been modified to ensure availability of prescribed meals for ‘sehri’ and other prayers.
“Inmate canteens have been stocked with Rooh Afza, dates and fresh fruits which can be purchased by the inmates. Arrangements for ‘roza iftar’ have been made in all central jails,” the authorities said.
Religious and charitable organisations have been permitted to make visits to conduct prayers and ‘roza iftar’ with inmates, subject to usual security precautions, they said.
Delhi prisons comprise three jails — Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli.