Books not only shape individual careers but also teach values of life. A conscious and regular reader seldom gets distracted by mundane elements thereby reducing chances of breaking law, Deputy Inspector General of Prisons, Tiruchi Range, R. Duraisamy, said here on Monday.

Addressing the inmates of the Sub Jail here as part of Library Week celebrations organized by the District Central Library, Mr. Duraisamy pointed out that books taught values that were ever lasting principles of a righteous life that never impinged on the well being of others.

Pointing out that no body was born a criminal and it was only circumstances that shaped a person into a law breaker, Mr. Duraisamy called upon the inmates to turn a new page in their book of life when they come out.

Appreciating the District Central Library’s arrangement of supplying books to inmates of Karur sub jail, Mr. Duraisamy said the scheme might be extended to cover prisons in other districts as well.

Readers’ Forum president Deepam U. Sankar welcomed the gathering and said the Forum was ready to reach out to several sections of society in a bid to promote reading habits.

Librarian of the District Central Library S.S. Sivakumar said the idea of organizing painting contest and reaching out to sub jail inmates was to find the humane element in all people. A book would definitely impact positively on any person and could be of use to him or her in the outer world when they become free, he observed. A steel almirah and chairs worth Rs.10,000 were handed over to the authorities by the Readers' Forum.

Mr. Duraisamy distributed prizes to inmates who bagged the honours in the painting contest. Value-oriented books were given away to the winniners.

Keywords: prison reforms