Thanks to a fellow inmate’s efforts, on the occasion of Rakshabandan, a jailed widow was reunited with her three children, who had resorted to begging, in MP’s Satna district.
Ram Bai (40), lodged in Satna Central Jail since February in connection with her sister-in-law’s alleged killing, broke into tears of joy on seeing her children Sunil Bansal (17), Lallu (12) and Saroj (9) in the prison premises.
The mother of three had been distressed over her missing children ever since her arrest. On Wednesday, she shared her troubles with a fellow inmate Sarla Nigam, lodged in the jail in connection with an education scam case.
Nigam, who hails from a village adjoining Ram Bai’s Chakera village of Satna’s Rampur Bagelan, then called up her relatives, who immediately launched a search and found the three children begging in the village.
They immediately informed the jail authorities and brought the kids to the prison on Thursday morning, Raksha Bandan, and reunited them with their mother.
Sunil, the eldest of the three kids, said after their mother was arrested, there was no one to look after them as their father had died several years back.
“We mostly begged alms to stay alive or worked at construction sites, but no one in the village helped us meet our mother. We didn’t even know in which jail our mother was housed. It was only after we were traced by the relatives of Nigam that we were able to meet mother finally,” he told HT.
Jail superintendent Shephali Rajesh has told the children that they can meet their mother on scheduled days and also talk to her over phone through the tele-mulaqat system twice a week.
“We will try and work with Satna district administration to put the three children in some shelter homes so that they don’t have to beg anymore,” she said.