Bareilly students give prisoners the gift of freedom

  • Chandan Kumar, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2015 00:29 IST
Prisoners with the school staff. HT photo

Students of a Bareilly school have begun spreading the festive spirit this Christmas season, bringing joy to the families of 14 prisoners by securing their release ahead of the holiday.

As part of their annual charity drive, 2,500 students of St Francis School contributed Rs 39,460 to facilitate the release of prisoners who were convicted of minor offices and had completed their jail term but were still lodged in jail as they couldn’t afford to pay the fine.

“This was a new idea that struck me after reading an article in the newspaper... It was a voluntary campaign wherein we didn’t force anyone to donate for the cause,” said Sister Lismin, principal of the school.

“It feels great to be a part of an initiative through which we have given these people a chance to begin life anew,” said Akshat, a Class 12 student, adding that some students even donated a portion of their pocket money for the same.

The jail authorities also praised the school authorities and students for the initiative.

“Nobody wants to spend his or her life in jail. These prisoners are lucky that they will get to spend this Christmas with their kin,” said district jail superintendent DR Maurya.

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