Over 100 Hindus inmates of prisons in Delhi. Over 100 Hindu inmates of prisons in Delhi are observing roza, the dawn-to-dusk fast during Ramzan, along with Muslim prisoners.
The Tihar Jail 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.
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.
Religious and charitable organisations have been permitted to make visits to conduct prayers and 'roza iftar' with inmates, subject to usual security precautions.The Ramzan fast begins with a pre-dawn meal called 'sehri' to prepare hungry stomachs for the long day ahead.
Delhi prisons comprise three jails - Tihar, Rohini and Mandoli.
Muslims typically break their fast as the Prophet Muhammad did some 1,400 years ago, by eating sweet dates and drinking water, followed by a sunset prayer.