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