In an attempt to create a creative and positive environment among prison inmates, the Chandigarh Prisons department has come up with clubs. Meant for the inmates of the Model Burail Jail, the clubs will help them in showcasing their skills.
There is a literary club, painters’ club, music club, poets’ club and cooks’ club for the inmates. The clubs were constituted in every barrack for inmates undergoing trial as well as the ones convicted.
The jail has 15 barracks and about 1,000 prisoners. While around 145 inmates stay in some of the barracks, some of them cannot house more than 25 inmates. A library which contains 1,700 books is also situated inside the jail. After the constitution of these clubs, around 310 inmates have shown their interest in them.
While the music club is a popular choice among the inmates, some of them are also interested in dancing. A jail officer said that educational qualification is not taken into consideration while admitting inmates into these clubs. He added that around 24 inmates took to the painting club while some of them showed interest in more than one club.
While talking to the Indian Express, the IG (Prisons) OP Mishra said that these clubs aim on encouraging productive activities among the jail inmates. He added that inter-barrack competitions will be held in the jail where the winning inmates will be able to showcase their talents and skills. The paintings of the inmates will be put up at government offices as well. The authorities are hoping to send inmates to cultural competition in Chandigarh.
Like Chandigarh, the authorities in Thane decided to boost the confidence of female inmates by offering them a certified course in the English Language. The certificate course was meant for the female inmates of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region jails. The course was divided into four modules and was meant to help them in gaining confidence and learning the application of the language.
Courtesy: Mirror Now