GN Saibaba,former English professor of Delhi University has penned an emotional letter to his wife citing his deteriorating health.The letter reads,“My health is not at all good.I am going through extreme pain in my abdomen and left hand.My hand is breaking. Urination has been difficult with extreme pain and burning urination.I am writing with great difficulty and taking breaks.”
GN Saibaba is 90 per cent disabled.He was convicted last year in March along with five other accused for having links with Maoists and waging war against the government of India.The professor was booked for aiding Naxal activities and is serving life imprisonment in Nagpur Central jail at present.
This is not the first time the professor has written a letter from the jail.He has often complained about his health issues,lack of basic amenities and manhandling by the police escort personnel on various occasions.
Meanwhile Mrs. Vasanta,Saibaba’s wife,has met Mr. Rajiv Singh,Convenor of National Human Rights Commission,demanding a doctor’s team from AIIMS for the investigation and treatment of GN Saibaba’s critical health.Her letter to NHRC points out that her husband had a narrow escape from a fall from wheel chair because the police personnel escorting him was not trained for handling a severely disabled person.
She also said that the prison authorities are conspiring so that Saibaba’s bail is denied in the upcoming hearing.According to her,“For the first twelve months after Saibaba’s arrest, there was no treatment,only once they took him to the hospital in October but now when the hearing of bail petition is near,the jail authorities are taking him to the Nagpur Government Medical College so that they can show records and the bail is withdrawn.”
Her letter to the Chairman of Parliament Standing Committee on Public Grievances,Law and Justice notes that,“whether an undertrial or a convict,one is entitled to his Right to Life as guaranteed in the Constitution of India.”The letter of Saibaba and his wife voices some grave concerns.The professor is struggling with his failing health and the jail administration seems least bothered about this.This should be a valid reason for the court to grant bail to the professor so that he can seek qualified medical help and nurse his health back.