Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018


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Rahul Kapoor, a social worker who has done his post graduation in Social Work from University of Delhi was marching at India Gate for an unfortunate Bangladeshi man named Badol Khalek Farazi who is imprisoned in India from last ten years. Rahul met Badol Farazi in the year 2016 when he went to Tihar Jail No. 3 for the first time to counsel prisoners and work on reformation and rehabilitation programs for prisoners as a part of his field work.
When Badol Farazi came to the Jail, he did not know English and even Hindi and this is one of the major reasons that when he was arrested from the Benapole Immigration checkpost in 2008 on charges of a murder, he could not tell the relevant authorities that he was not the person they were looking for and someone else who was not at all connected to the case. Since, Badol Farazi could not communicate his innocence to the authorities, he was falsely implicated for the murder of an elderly woman in Delhi by her domestic help “Badal Singh” instead of whom the person in question “Badol farazi” was arrested. Mr. Badol Farazi was later convicted by the session court, Saket, New Delhi under section 302 on charges of murder on August 7, 2015. The judgment was later validated by the High Court and the punishment which he is serving currently is life imprisonment. He also filed a petition in the Supreme Court where it was dismissed and his sentence was upheld.
Badol Farazi has come a long way since 2008 and has completed his class 8th, 10th, 12th and graduation studies, all from the Jail premises through National Institute of Open Schooling and IGNOU programme facilities available in Tihar Jail. Today, he speaks fluent English and even has a certificate of doing exceptionally well in an English speaking Course from the Teach India, Times of India Campaign. He worked tirelessly inside the Tihar Jail and managed the IGNOU centre in Tihar Jail Number 3 until recently when he was shifted to the newly opened Mandoli Jail in Delhi where he still works as a Jail Seva Daar.

Badol Farazi, in the last ten years has maintained that he is innocent and was not even present in India when the murder took place, all his fellow prisoners and Jail authorities confirm that he has always stuck to one single story and they believe that there is a strong possibility that he is speaking the truth. Jail authorities have always praised his conduct and good behavior.
In the year, 2012, the High Commission of Bangladesh wrote to the Ministry of External Affairs of India requesting the release of Mr. Farazi and claiming his innocence with strong evidences attached in his favour. A news article in the Indian Express, dated October 11, 2012 also talked about his innocence.
During the last ten years, Mr. Farazi has gone through a lot and has even lost his father back home in Bangladesh while his mother still awaits his return and it is this love of a helpless mother for his son which motivated Rahul Kapoor to start working on Badol Farazi’s release on grounds of exceptional reformation and good conduct in the Jail.

Rahul Kapoor has already written to the Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi and Minister of External Affairs, India Ms. Sushma Swaraj and is looking forward to meet them soon and request Badol Farazi’s release from them. He is running a relentless campaign to get freedom for Badol Farazi from last two and a half years on social media as well as at the ground level and is taking one step at a time as a result of which today more than two thousand people have signed his petition on for Badol Farazi’s release and over a thousand people have tweeted to Sushma Swaraj for justice for Badol Farazi. He has also met several Member of Parliament and tried to convey his message to the Ministry of External Affairs, India through them.
You all can join Rahul in his campaign for Badol Farazi by signing this petition and tweeting to Suhsma Swaraj with #justiceforbadolfarazi. You can connect with Rahul on his Facebook Profile at

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