Volunteers make day special for jail inmates
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.