No more glass bar­ri­ers, Taloja in­mates can meet their mi­nor kids face-to-face

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - NAVI MUMBAI - Tas­neem Kausar ht­for­nav­i­mum­bai@hin­dus­tan­

The Taloja cen­tral jail ad­min­is­tra­tion has de­cided to change the way jail in­mates and their mi­nor chil­dren meet.

Ear­lier, the chil­dren be­low 16 years met in­mates from across iron net­ted grills. Now, there are glass panes di­vid­ing them and they talk through tele­phones.

Such meet­ings of­ten have a neg­a­tive im­pact on young chil­dren. They are un­able to talk freely to their par­ent.

There are sev­eral in­stances of jail in­mates not meet­ing their chil­dren for years.

Tak­ing this into con­sid­er­a­tion, ad­di­tional direc­tor gen­eral of po­lice (jail) Bhushan Ku­mar Upad­hyay has or­dered that di­rect meet­ing be al­lowed be­tween the jail in­mates and their chil­dren who are be­low 16 years.

Taloja jail has planned such a meet­ing within a month.

There are two types of in­mates in jails — the un­der­tri­als and the con­victs.

Those in ju­di­cial cus­tody are lodged at in­de­pen­dent jails while the con­victs are sent to Nag­pur, Kol­ha­pur, Nashik and Yer­awada jails.

The un­der­tri­als can meet their rel­a­tives ev­ery week. The con­victs’ rel­a­tives can meet them twice a month. Rel­a­tives are al­lowed to meet them for 20 min­utes.

Sadanand Gaik­wad, su­per­in­ten­dent of Taloja cen­tral jail, said: “The ini­tia­tive has been taken to en­sure there is no neg­a­tive im­pact on the men­tal state of young chil­dren.”

“As per the or­der of the ad­di­tional DGP (jail), Taloja jail will en­sure that the or­der is im­ple­mented within a month,” Gaik­wad added.

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