Tihar was originally a prison run by Punjab state with the highest security. Control was transferred to Delhi’s territory of the national capital in 1966. Additional facilities were established from 1984 onwards, and the complex was converted into Tihar Prison, also India’s largest prison.
It was built in 1958. This central jail. The biggest jail complex in Asia is Tihar Jail. This consists of nine primary penitentiaries. The position of Tihar Jail is approximately 3 km from Janakpuri. In Tihar Jail, the total population is more than 12,000 inmates, up from a total of 5,250 prisoners approved.
The jail provides the inmates who have been held in jail with safe and secure detention. They provide the inmates with adequate facilities to protect human dignity and work to improve and rehabilitate them.
Facilities at Tihar Jail
The principal goal in Tihar Jail is to turn their inmates into ordinary people through useful skills, education and compliance. This aims to improve self-esteem and strengthen the will of the inmates. Tihar also uses music therapy, which includes music training sessions and concerts to educate, revive and reform its prisoners. The facility has its own radio station, which is managed by detainees.
In Delhi, Tihar Jail also offers legal assistance via video conferencing. The prisoners will be forwarded to the Secretary of the Legal Affairs Committee of the High Court of Delhi. A video conference is held and prisoners can talk to the person concerned about their cases.
Many of the inmates here also continue their higher education through distance learning. Many retainers are chosen on the basis of good behaviour received job offers too from recruiters including colleges, NGOs and private companies, on the basis of the various recruitment drive.
Over the years, his work has expanded to include Carpentry, Weaving, Cutting, Chemical, Handmade Paper, Commercial Art, Bakery and even a shoe production unit on the basis of the Public Private Partnership model, thereby launching the TJ‘s (Tihar Jail) brand. Also, Soon you will be able to visit Asia’s largest jail – the Tihar Jail and live as prisoners for a day as a tourist as Government has planned to promote it as Tihar Jail Tourism.
Significant Prisoners of Tihar Jail
This jail has various significant prisoners from time to time like Lalu Yadav, Sanjay Gandhi, Abhijit Banerjee, Kanhaiya Kumar, Subrata Roy, Chhota Rajan, Sudhir Chaudhary, Charles Sobhraj,
Suresh Kalmadi, Amar Singh, Afzal, Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal, convict in the Delhi gang rape (Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta & Mukesh Singh), Milkha Singh and P. Chidambaram etc.
Tihar Jail Hanging Room
The gallows (hanging room) in Tihar is in Jail No-3, in which the terrorist Afzal, convicted of parliament attack, was kept. Also, the four convicts of Nirbhaya Gang Rape Case will be hanged here. After entering Jail number-3, the path leads directly to the hanging cell. There are 16 high risk cells just adjacent to the hanging cell. A hanging cell has been built here in about 50 square meters of space. Its gate is always locked.
There is a hanging board in the left side as soon as it enters inside the hanging cell. It has a basement built under a hanging platform. There are about 20 stairs to the basement from which the body of a hanged prisoner is taken down. There is no roof above the hanging closet.
Tihar Jail Visiting Information
- 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM – with family and friends
- 3:00 PM to 3:30 PM – with Advocate/counsels & Embassy officials
- No public meeting on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays