Gurmeet Ram Rahim, who till August 24, enjoyed a life soaked in luxury, had never imagined he would one day have to survive on jail food. Perhaps why, the rape convict is shedding weight. According to sources in Sunariya Jail in Rohtak, Ram Rahim has lost 6 kg in the past 40 days of his imprisonment. Sources told Mail Today that baba weighed 90 kilograms when he was lodged in the jail in August. His current weight is 84 kilograms.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim's opponents say the plausible reason for weight loss is his distance from his close aide and adopted daughter, Honeypreet. "Gurmeet Ram Rahim may be missing Honeypreet Insan apart from the luxuries and energy drinks that he was accustomed to. The person who used to import packaged water from foreign countries is now drinking jail water and eating jail food," said former Dera follower Gurdas Singh Toor. Others have attributed the 6kg loss to the lifestyle changes Ram Rahim underwent since his arrest.
Apart from the jail food, it is the agricultural activities - assigned to him by the jail authorities - that are taking a toll on him as he is an unskilled worker. The 50-year-old has been given the task to cultivate vegetables for the jail inmates. Sources say that baba spends at least four hours daily in the fields located inside the jail complex. They add that Ram Rahim wanted to slim down before acting in the films and had also employed physical fitness trainers but failed to lose the weight.In other words what the physical trainers failed to do was done by the jail food.
Ram Rahim is a patient of high blood pressure and diabetes and the dose of some of the prescribed has been reduced after he lost 6 kg. Dr KP Singh, DGP prisons, Haryana, says the Dera chief's health is fine and if he reports any health complications, he will be referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak. Singh refused to share Gurmeet's medical history but clarified that he is healthy and the stories about his health and sex life are false. "How can one comment on a prisoner's personal life? The stories published by the newspapers about his health are fictitious," Singh said.
Life for Honeypreet, who was arrested by the Haryana Police on October 3 in connection with Panchkula violence, is no different. "She spends most of her day silently staring at the walls of her cell. She eats food halfheartedly, consuming only a little portion of the meal. I offered her tea but she refused it saying she doesn't drink tea," a jail official told Mail Today.