Raj Kundra’s old letter to NHRC surfaces, says ‘humans are treated worse than pigs’ in Arthur Road Jail

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Raj Kundram, British-India businessman and husband of Bollywood diva Shilpa Shetty has been in the news for the last couple of years for several reasons. He recently made headlines for his upcoming biopic, also marking his acting debut. Now, an old letter from Raj has come to light, addressed to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). The letter is dated November 21, where Raj has penned his experience and made serious allegations against the Mumbai’s Arthur Road Jail.

The letter was also CC-ed Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and then Maharashtra’s CM Uddhav Thackeray. Mentioning the ‘displeasure’ of staying in Arthur Road Jail’s Barrack 6.4 during the judicial custody, he termed the environment inside the jail as ‘slow poison’, where humans are treated ‘worse than pigs’. 

”Everyone is permitted to smoke in the barrack causing non-smokers to smoke passively. ultiple burn injuries happen from un-stubbed bidis and cigarettes on the barrack floor. The barrack capacity as mentioned on the building is 49, yet over 250 people are made to occupy the same. If you are fortunate to get a small area on the sides to sleep (after much negotiation) you can get some rest otherwise newcomers are made to sleep on their sides squashed down the middle of the barrack with not even space for a person to move an inch,” he wrote in his letter. 

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Talking about losing 13 kgs in 60 days, Raj said, ”I have just spent 60 days in this hell sir, but some are there for the last 5-7 years and the trial has not begun for them. They suffer from multiple skin diseases due to poor living standards. Many complain about the chapattis saying if they are not dusted properly it causes itching on the body. The medication available to inmates is terrible and generic in nature with no special treatment for specific illnesses. Everything is about eating the red, yellow or green pill the doctor gives you.”

”I believe that the NHRC is not aware of what’s happening inside and I hope some serious action will be taken, giving dignity to those that are still under trial and have not been proven guilty,” he concluded.

Raj was sent behind bars in 2021 in connection with allegedly producing pornographic content. He was granted bail in September of the same year. 

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