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Women inmates at Tihar who have been up to 12 years with a ‘good conduct’ record will now be rehabilitated in a semi-open jail that gives them some freedom in one room flats.
Once a convict is always a convict they say, but they can change too, and once they change they have to be given a right to integrate with the outer world.
I’ve always wondered about the life of people inside a prison. Living around the grilles, with armed guards and overcrowded cells must literally be a hell for the inmates.
But the entire idea of a jail system is being redefined by a new four-storey building inside Tihar jail’s 400-acre complex. This jail complex is unusual, since there are no guards watching it.
Tihar is one of the most populated prisons in the country with, 566 women prisoners lodged across all jails of whom 125 have been convicted and the rest on trial.
Selected women inmates who have been jailed for at least 12 years and have displayed ‘good conduct’, will be eligible for transfer to the new Tihar semi-open jail. This is a good move from Delhi government, that these inmates can now enjoy fresh air, and and gets away from the hard chores and intimidating stares.
This new Tihar semi-open jail will start functioning in next ten days. The requisite clearance from the state government and the lieutenant governor is already received by the jail officials, and six among the women prisoners who are presently serving a life sentence will be moved to the new open jail complex as first batch. The inmates will take up the charges of the new complex where they are already been assigned for kitchen, housekeeping etc.
In this jail complex, the authorities have eschewed the conventional jail system, allowing these women to move freely within it, though there will be one guard outside the semi-open jail building.
“Only prisoners with a good track record, who have not violated any rule during their stay, will be transferred there. After two years, the prisoners will be eligible for a transfer to an open jail,” a senior jail officer said.
The jail administration had opened its first semi-open jail in 2013, which was restricted to male prisoners. Women prisoners can also now receive the same facilities.
The officials who made this happen deserve a huge round of applause. They believed in the strength of reformation. Sometimes a slice of the outside world may change a prisoner, and make her ready for normal life outside the prison!
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