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Ray of hope: Prison administration reformist Kiran Bedi interacts with prisoners at the Central Jail in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday before inaugurating a prison intervention project.

Ray of hope: Prison administration reformist Kiran Bedi interacts with prisoners at the Central Jail in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday before inaugurating a prison intervention project.   | Photo Credit: — Photo: S. Mahinsha

Special Correspondent

Kiran Bedi visits Central Jail; inaugurates prison intervention project

Thiruvananthapuram: The premises of the Central Jail at Poojappura here wore a festive look on Wednesday noon. Prisoners and jail authorities were busy making arrangements to receive a ‘VIP’ visitor.

A ‘pandal’ was erected in the open ground inside the prison and colourful flags fluttered atop poles erected from the massive wooden doors at the entrance of the venue. Shortly after 1.30 p.m., the VIP visitor wearing an orange salwar kameez with an overcoat, walked up to the dais in a hurried manner. On the way in, she paused to have a word with the prisoners who stood up to receive her.

Noted prison administration reformist Kiran Bedi was all smiles as she took her seat on the dais. The brief function was organised to inaugurate a prison intervention project launched by the Alcohol and Drug Information Centre (ADIC)-India.

When her turn came, Ms. Bedi, who spoke in English, requested a Malayalam translation for the benefit of the prisoners. Inspector General of Police A. Hemachandran came forward.

In her address, Ms. Bedi exhorted the prisoners to make use of their time to learn English and vocational skills. “That is the way to reform,” she told them. “It is never too late to learn. Learn whatever you can. Spend time in the jail library. Do not learn laziness, or you will find yourself in trouble,” she said.

She urged the jail authorities to arrange English classes for all the inmates. Ms. Bedi distributed mementos to the doctors and voluntary workers involved in the intervention project. She, later, received a memento from veteran freedom fighter K.E. Mammen. Additional Director General of Police, Prisons, Alexander Jacob, Director of Information and Public Relations Department M. Nandakumar, stage director Soorya Krishnamoorthy, Chief Welfare Officer, Prisons, K.A. Kumaran and ADIC adviser Ravi M. Nair were present.



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