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Updated: June 12, 2012 15:18 IST

Rajiv case convict is exam topper among prisoners

S. Vijay Kumar
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A file photo of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A.G. Perarivalan.
The Hindu A file photo of Rajiv Gandhi assassination case convict A.G. Perarivalan.

His score is highest by a prisoner in Plus-Two exam in State

A.G. Perarivalan, a convict on death row in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and lodged in the Vellore central prison, has scored 1,096 out of 1,200 marks in the Plus-Two examination and topped the list of prisoners who took the examination.

Murugan alias Sriharan, who also faces the gallows in the same case, scored a centum in Commerce and is among the top five with 81.92 per cent, prison sources said on Tuesday.

100 per cent results

Central prisons in the State registered 100 per cent results in the 12th Standard State board examination, with 27 of its 35 inmates passing out with 60 per cent and above marks. R. Soundarapandian (Madurai central prison) scored 1,080 marks, closely followed by K. Munusamy (Puzhal central prison) with 988 marks and Murugan alias Sriharan with 983 marks.

Perarivalan scored 198 in commerce, 192 in Economics and 185 in Tamil. A majority of the inmates who passed the examination were life convicts. Perarivalan's score of 91.33 per cent is considered the highest-ever by any prisoner in the Plus-Two examinations in the State. At the time of his arrest, he had a Diploma in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He completed Bachelor of Computer Applications and Master of Computer Applications in prison. Murugan also has an MCA from the Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU), the sources said.

Interested in Ph.D

“Perarivalan wanted to clear Plus-Two because it is a prerequisite to register for Ph.D. He and Murugan got hall tickets to write Plus-Two exam in the Puzhal central prison last year. But the prison authorities refused to transport them from Vellore to Chennai for security reasons a day before the exam,” Perarivalan's mother Arputhammal told The Hindu.

She said her son was keen on doing research in a subject associated with life in prison. “But for a few court proceedings, he has not seen the outside world in the last 21 years. I thought a trip to Chennai to write the Plus-Two examination last year would be an enjoyable experience for him…but that got cancelled due to reasons best known to the administration,” Arputhammal added.

Perarivalan, Murugan and Santhan, all sentenced to death in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, had filed a petition in the Madras High Court challenging the rejection of their mercy petitions by the President after 11 years. The Supreme Court recently transferred the petitions to itself.

Additional Director-General of Police (Prisons) S.K. Dogra said he had conveyed his wishes to the inmates who passed the Plus Two exam.

Favourable environment

“We have taken several steps to provide a favourable environment for prisoners desirous of pursuing higher education. The number of inmates who appeared for the Plus-Two exam increased from 19 in 2011 to 35 this year. Many of them did remarkably well. This trend should not be seen in isolation but as part of a bigger pattern of the reformation-cum-reintegration programme of the Prison Department,” Mr. Dogra said.

i agree with T.S.Krishnaswamy

from:  jero
Posted on: May 29, 2012 at 13:54 IST

Prisons are not just meant for punitive confinement, there is also a component called 'rehabilitation' and by providing education to prisoners this is achieved! And by no means can this be considered as 'wastage of money'

from:  Seetha Gopalakrishnan
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 14:22 IST

Does this news item deserve front page reporting with a big photograph in a reputed news paper like The Hindu? Some how, the bigger picture is totally forgotten and only glorifications of criminals are only happening these days. I pity for the Indian youth as they will be totally confused and polarised.

from:  Partha
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 13:29 IST

Firstly, i would like to congradulate the prison authorities for providing favourable environment for prisoners for pursuing their higher education. I Believe that Perarivalan has transformed to a new person ( I don't know his past , I understand that his freedom restricted before he could understand the meaning of life)
If Rajive Gandhi's family are willing to forgive him, Perarivalan should be released from the prison. I prey for that

from:  Jamshid Thalassery
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 12:51 IST

He should have thought about studies, good status in the society associated with his studies and his family's well being before getting into such activities. So what if he has scored very well? Is he going to take up any responsible job which can erase his past? Who is going to give him such a chance?

from:  Rohini
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 11:48 IST

If Prison reforms are a cure, what do we do for prevention of crime in the first place, in our society?

from:  udaykumar
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 11:32 IST

Glad to read about the achievements which otherwise they might not have made because of their circumstances perhaps. It is nice to realize that the government is trying to reform them irrespective of their status. Education is an essential food and I hope in the coming years Government will abolish death sentence and instead put effort in reforming them in various ways .

from:  Jayanthi
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 11:18 IST

Prison Reforms is one of the reforms essentially to be promoted by all of us as human beings and citizens. This will provide an opportunity for both the prisoner and society to be benefited from each other leveraging their exclusive experience in life. (which is above Politics and delayed or inconclusive judicial investigations). The sincere interest to do research in the subject of "life in prison" by qualified prisoner who has lived for 21 years in prison is to be appreciated. Evidence based research can become a change for good in future policies affecting the welfare of the state and country.

from:  Suresh Subbiah
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 08:42 IST

When we condemn killing, the court continues do the same in the form of death sentence. Tamil
Nadu should abolish death penalty in state and put more effort in reforming the prisoners in
training them for a new life.

from:  Senthil Natarajan
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 08:40 IST

Come on reporters. Look at the bigger picture. Do not miss the elephant in the room. The man is a convict, he is no longer just the accused.What difference does it make whether he scores zero per cent or 100 %. If criminals are glamorized by the media young people will grow thinking that they can commit any crime because with their wit they can mitigate the punishment they would otherwise receive for the crimes.

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 06:49 IST

Must the taxpayers also pay for murderers' education? This article seems
to say that the convict must be released and felicitated for clearing
the school exams. Weirder things are happening in India.

from:  Jay Ravi
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 03:34 IST

This is really a great job done by prison. i really impressed by them
and hoping these prisons could get an opportunity for higher study. This
again prove that if you have good desire then you have achieve it at any
cost from any corner of earth. Prison is given to realize their faulty
and get an chance to recorrect them self. May these prison can achieve
higher education and serve for nation by educating his inmate in the
prison. All the best to them..

from:  Dilip shah
Posted on: May 23, 2012 at 02:52 IST
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