New Delhi [India]: Here is some more news in the Satyendar Jain jail-massage saga. It appears that the person giving the massage was not a physiotherapist as claimed by Arvind Kejriwal, but an undertrial.
Furthermore, the masseuse has been identified as a rape accused.
For the uninitiated, jailed Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain, was criticised over a viral CCTV footage inside Tihar, that captured him getting a massage.
Now that the officials are claiming that the massage was given by a rape accused, gives a new twist to the controversy.
The Tihar Jail official sources claimed that the prisoner, identified as Rinku, was “not a physiotherapist” and has been charged under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
“The masseur providing massage to jailed Delhi min Satyendar Jain is a prisoner Rinku. He’s a prisoner in a rape case, charged u/s 6 of POCSO Act and 376, 506 & 509 of IPC. He’s not a physiotherapist,” the sources claimed.
This comes a day after Delhi Chief Minister denied BJP’s allegations of Jain being given a ‘massage’ inside the jail, and claimed that it was ‘physiotherapy’.
The war of claims and counter-claims from Bharatiya Janata Party and Aam Aadmi Party has been underway since the CCTV footage came to the fore on November 19.
Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday had claimed that the CCTV footage that went viral showing Jain being given a full-body massage was a “treatment for injury”.
“Only BJP can make cruel jokes by leaking CCTV footage of an injured person’s treatment… His (Satyendar Jain’s) spine was damaged, it’s on record,” Sisodia had said on Saturday.
However, the Deputy Chief Minister’s claim was refuted by the Indian Association of Physiotherapists.
The body also demanded an apology for “degrading physiotherapy”.
Calling out the Minister, the Indian Association of Physiotherapists tweeted on Saturday,
“IAP strongly condemns the statement of the minister degrading physiotherapy by comparing it with massage given to another minister. Shows the level of education and knowledge they have about our noble profession.”
In a video, the president of the association condemned the minister while also demanding an apology from him.
“There is news going on on social media and we have received many complaints from our members. Many physiotherapists all across India that in jail, and one physiotherapy session was given to a patient. And as a professor of physiotherapy and as president of the Indian
Association of Physiotherapists, we can say that the session going on was not physiotherapy. It is a way of degrading physiotherapy. We strongly condemn this act. We want that the Minister or whosoever should apologise for that,” he said.
“I request all physiotherapists in India to write down to the news channels that please don’t degrade physiotherapy. This is not physiotherapy. Let’s condemn this act and let’s move in a direction where we can correct things,” the president added.
Earlier on Saturday, the former PRO of the Tihar jail said that it cannot be physiotherapy as the video clearly showed that co-inmates were giving him a massage.
The purported CCTV footage dated September 13 shows the minister lying on his bed while a man seated next to him is seen massaging his foot.
In another video shared by BJP national spokesperson Shehzad Poonawalla on his official Twitter handle, a man is seen massaging the Delhi minister’s legs and back before proceeding to give him a full head massage.
The videos surfaced on social media on Saturday, 10 days after the ED accused the Delhi minister, was arrested in a money laundering case, of getting special treatment inside the Tihar jail.
Jain has been in jail since June. A Delhi court denied his bail application on November 16.