Behind Bars in the Shadow of the Raj

Remnants of the Raj

Behind Bars in the Shadow of the Raj

Illustration: Akshita Monga

T

he last thing to go down at the barracks of Tihar Jail every evening is ginti.

Ginti is jailspeak for headcount. It takes place every night and every morning to check if the number of prisoners shoved into the barracks at lockdown is the same as the number that come out bleary-eyed in the morning. The difference is usually explained by overnight death or illegal departure – both of which are frowned upon.

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