PUNE: The Yerawada Central jail authorities and two city-based non governmental organizations (NGO) will jointly launch a unique rehabilitation drive wherein 212 children of prisoners will be mentored, with eminent personalities addressing and interacting with them.
The formal launch is scheduled on July 14 at the Annabhau Sathe hall. The children shall also be provided books and other accessories. The organizers are appointing coordinators who shall monitor the children’s interest in various fields, and track their progress. They have also planned field visits to universities and various institutes, including one planned to the Inter University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics (IUCAA) and an interaction with noted astrophysicist Jayant Narlikar
The mentorship programme for the children of the incarcerated convicts, is aimed at rehabilitation of prisoners as well as caring for their families, said organizers of the initiative in a news conference here on Saturday.
The jail authorities, who have teamed up with the Bhoi Pratisthan and the Adarsh Mitra Mandal, say that the 212 children of convicts have been selected for the programme, who are in various stages of their education. The selection has been done on the basis of the financial condition, especially families who are having difficulties sending their children to schools or colleges.
On July 14, the programme is scheduled to be formally launched at a daylong city function, where the students shall be given books and other equipment to help them in the mentorship process.
A part of the programme, which involves eminent personalities speaking to prisoners in the jail premises, is already underway, with figures like Narlikar, Raghunath Mashelkar, Babasaheb Purandare, among others, having already spoken to prisoners at the Yerawada jail. Prison authorities and the NGOs say that the aim of such talks is to boost the “morale and self-esteem of the prisoners”.
“As continuation of that programme, tabla maestro Ustad Zakir Hussain will be performing and speaking at the Yerawada jail in December. In the other part of the programme, the identified children will be guided by mentors, who include eminent personalities like the ones who are interacting with the prisoners. The kind of mentors will be decided after assessing the aptitude and interests of the children”, says Milind Bhoi, of the Bhoi Pratisthan. Bhoi added that the children’s progress shall be closely monitored.
“We will appoint coordinators, who will follow up with the children and their guardians, be it in their studies or forming their careers. The coordinators will also counsel the children if need be”, Bhoi said.
Prison department officials said that the programme shall serve two purposes- one of removing the stigma on prisoners’ children, and that of the rehabilitation of prisoners.
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“When you are a parent, your primary concern is for your children, as to whether they are getting a good education or good nutrition, among other issues. We want to make this programme a part of the prison reform programme. If we can educate the children of the convicts currently lodged in prison, the convicts will feel more connected and concerned about their children’s progress. This is a good way for the rehabilitation and reformation of the convicts, as they will pay attention to their children after they rejoin society”, says Swati Sathe, the state’s deputy inspector general (prisons).
a very good tep. it is very important to help such kids to appreciate the cause and effect and also still make them comitted to family life so that crime rate can be brought down…
Another prison department official spoke of the need to remove the often-damaging social stigma attached to prisoners’ children, and said that it will be replicated across the state in future.
“We have seen that a crushing social stigma is attached to the children of prisoners. They are denied access to facilities and places, which is why a lot of them often fail to fulfil their potential. This programme, along with the books and mentorship by prominent individuals, is encouragement for them to fulfil their aims and aspirations. This programme is restricted only to the Yerawada jail now, but in future, it will be replicated in other prisons of the state”, said Bhushan Upadhyay, additional director general (prisons).