Convicted former Delhi University (DU) professor G N Saibaba who’s serving a life sentence for Maoist hyperlinks in Nagpur has threatened to go on an indefinite starvation strike inside his jail cell in protest towards the set up of a CCTV digicam which allegedly captures footage of the bathroom and bathing space. His spouse and brother wrote to the Maharashtra Home Minister on Saturday looking for the elimination of the CCTV digicam.
Saibaba is presently incarcerated in Nagpur Central Prison. Earlier, his advocate had alleged that the jail authorities had denied him a plastic water bottle.
In their letter on Saturday, Saibaba’s spouse Vasantha Kumari and brother G Ramadevudu wrote, “On Tuesday (10.05.2022), the jail authorities fixed a wide-angle CCTV camera in front of his anda cell that can capture video of the entire cell including, toilet seat, bathing place, and everything in the small cell. So, he cannot use the toilet for urinals or cannot even take a bath before the camera, as the camera records video of everything 24×7 hours. Now how can Dr G N Saibaba live in these circumstances?”
“The helpers are also intimidated by the closely watching camera since their bodies are constantly exposed to the eye of the camera. This is clearly to intimidate and insult him. This is a means to violate his privacy. His right to privacy, life and liberty is at risk because he cannot use the toilet, or take bath, or change clothes in front of a camera that’s not only running 24 hours but also recording everything and watched constantly in the office of the Jail superintendent,” they wrote.
His household mentioned prisoners have been “entitled to all constitutional rights except the right to mobility and a few others”.
“Under these strain conditions, he has decided to go on a hunger strike indefinitely till death or (till) the camera is removed, and the responsible prison administrators apologize for knowingly and brutally violating natural body rights and the rights provided by the constitution. Dr G N Saibaba is planning to start his hunger strike within two days in the Nagpur Central Jail,” the letter mentioned.
Saibaba, they added, already suffers from numerous illnesses together with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (coronary heart challenge), hypertension, paraplegia, kyphoscoliosis of the backbone, anterior horn cell illness, acute pancreatitis in addition to a cyst within the mind.
“We, request your kind self to take immediate action and provide him privacy, dignity and instruct the persons concerned in the Nagpur Central Jail to remove CCTV cameras that are keeping his privacy at stake and provide him required proper diagnosis and treatment for all his health issues immediately. As per his eligibility, grant parole and enable him to get proper medication and required medical support which is not available at Nagpur,” they wrote.