Rape convict kills self in jail

FPJ BureauUpdated: Thursday, May 30, 2019, 04:40 AM IST
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Second incident 1 convicted in similar crime had also hanged himself

Thane : A convict in the rape case of a minor committed suicide inside Thane Central Jail on Friday night. After his conviction for the minor girl’s rape, he was langushing in Thane Central jail since the past one year. The incident happened night around 2 am.

Twenty-two-year-old Aashit Marnwar was convicted in the Vasai rape case. Walunj police of Vasai had arrested him on July 19, 2016. Aashit was booked under IPC sections 376 D (rape), 328, 363 (kidnapping) 114, 109 (abetment) and POCSO (Protection of Children Against Sexual Offences) Act sections 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 & 21 . The convict was a resident of Gehari pada in Dongari Vasai.

“Friday night is a movie time for inmates. We allow inmates to watch a movie on this day. So all the inmates were awake till midnight and later around 2 am, this particular inmate hanged himself. We have cctv cameras everywhere but he had gone in the toilete located in the far corner of the jail. We do not know the reasons why he took the extreme step, but we will help the police administration to find the truth about this incident,” said Thane Central Jail superintendent Nitin Waychal.

When another inmate went to use the toilet, he found Aashish hanging himself from the window of toilet with his T-shirt. He then immediately alerted the jail administration which later informed at the Thane Nagar police station. The police have registered an accidental death case.

This is the second suicide in Thane jail. Another rape convict had also committed suicide in the same jail.

Thane jail has 3,200 inmates currently and has a staff of 197 policemen,  which is already understaffed. According to rules, there should be one police official for six inmates. But in the Thane jail, one official is monitorning an average of 16 inmates.

The jail administration has written for increase in the jail staff and has asked for conduct of inquiries into the incidents inside the jail, Waychal added.

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One rape convict had also committed suicide inside the same jail which is housing inmates beyond its capacity.

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Friday night is movie time for the inmates when they are allowed to watch a movie and remain up till midnight. After the incident, convict Aashit Marnwar went to the toilet located in the far corner of the jail and hanged himself from the window with his T-shirt. Another inmate who went to use the toilet found him.

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Currently, Thane jail has 197 police officials and 3,200 inmates which comes to monitoring of over 16 inmates by one official.

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