As many as six convicts who are serving life term in Tihar Jail have been allowed to take up jobs outside prison premises due to their good behaviour. These prisoners are allowed to work anywhere in the national capital for 12 hours a day from 8 am to 8 pm, however they will have to report back to the prison at the night, according to Times of India. These prisoners were found guilty of murder and other serious crimes.
They were kept in Jail no.2 for first 12 years, later owing to their good conduct, authorities let them move to the semi-open section of the jail, where the rules are more relaxed, and where inmates stay in flats instead of prison cells. The six prisoners were lucky as they were handpicked by a committee which had reviewed the conduct of the 78 inmates in the semi-open jail. If the prisoners fail to find jobs themselves, prison authorities will assist them.
Recently, Tihar Jail inmates made it to the Limca Book of Records for singing ‘Tinka Tinka Tihar’, a song written by prison activist Dr Vartika Nanda. The song is part of Nanda’s Tinka Tinka initiative, a project meant to transform lives of prison inmates. Nanda has also pennned Tinka Tinka Dasna and Tinka Tinka Agra.