Monday, July 12, 2010

Tihar inmates revel in RTI freedom

The applicant, Khalil Ahmed Subrati, wrote in Hindi on an A4-size sheet: 'How many of my cell mates have a violent bent of mind, and what specific safety measures has the administration taken to protect me from them?' Subrati asked questions of the Tihar jail authorities in his newfound profile of a citizen exercising his rights under the Right To Information Act, 2005. Subrati also wanted to know why he was shifted to a high security ward, which is under 24-hour surveillance, from a general ward?
From a handful of queries received by jail authorities in 2005, RTI has come a long way within the boundaries of Tihar's 400-acre campus. Between March 2009 and February 2010, the inmates filed a record 402 applications.

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