Vol­un­teers make day spe­cial for jail in­mates

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Pranab Jy­oti Bhuyan pranab.bhuyan@hin­dus­tan­times.com

The mem­bers of Sakhi Mahila Swayam Sa­hay­ata Sansth, a city-based trust, tied Rakhi, the thread of love, to the in­mates of Taloja cen­tral jail on Thurs­day.

Be­cause of se­cu­rity rea­sons, only seven mem­bers were al­lowed to en­ter the jail. Apart from ty­ing rakhis the women also in­ter­acted with the in­mates.

They sang songs and bha­jans and pre­sented sto­ries with so­cial mes­sages be­fore them. Th­ese women have been fol­low­ing this tra­di­tion for the past sev­eral years now.

“Some of our in­mates broke down when the women tied rakhis to them. They spoke about their fam­i­lies, friends and rel­a­tives who were very close to them. Many of them have not seen their rel­a­tives for years,” said Ashok Karkar, jailer of the cen­tral jail.

“Ty­ing rakhis was, how­ever, not com­pul­sory for the in­mates. We have in­mates of mul­ti­ple re­li­gions. So only those who were in­ter­ested were tied rakhis by the woman,” another of­fi­cial said.

“It is a unique ex­pe­ri­ence to un­der­stand the psy­che of the in­mates and to spend a few mo­ments with them,” said Kavita Thakur, a mem­ber of the trust.

“We were moved when some of them burst into tears re­mem­ber­ing their fam­ily mem­bers and the golden days of their past. They re­gret­ted their mis­takes be­cause of which they had to be im­pris­oned,” she said.

“One in­mate even in­vited us to meet his fam­ily af­ter a year when he will be re­leased from jail. We are grateful to the jail au­thor­ity for al­low­ing us to fol­low this tra­di­tion of ty­ing rakhis,” she added.

The Taloja jail can ac­com­mo­date a to­tal of 2,124 in­mates Women from Sakhi Mahila Swayam Sa­hay­ata Sansth tie rakhis to in­mates at Taloja jail. Po­lice women tie rakhis to chil­dren at Fr Agnel Bal Bha­van at Vashi on Thurs­day.

and presently they have around 2,000 of them.

Over 60% of the in­mates are from places like Mum­bai, Thane, Kalyan among oth­ers.

Sev­eral mem­bers of the un­der­world gangs such as

Ch­hota Ra­jan, Ravi Pu­jari and Bharat Nepali gang have been kept in this jail.

Se­cu­rity in­side the jail was beefed up af­ter the at­tack on Abu Salem by another in­mate in 2013.

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