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Bengal prisoners undergoing cultural therapy

Convicts serving life terms in West Bengal's jails are making preparations for staging a Tagore drama as part of their 'cultural therapy'.

india Updated: May 06, 2007 10:00 IST

Convicts serving life terms in West Bengal's jails are making preparations for staging a Tagore drama as part of their "cultural therapy".

Some 25 to 30 convicts serving terms in various prisons in the state will stage the play "Tasher Desh" at the Rabindra Sadan in Kolkata on May 17.

The actors and the production team are all convicts who have been practising for the past three months to make the show a success.

West Bengal's Inspector General (Prison) BD Sharma said the idea behind the effort was to bring out the latent talent of the prisoners and to ensure that they got self-respect.

The expertise of some professional artistes has been used to tap the hidden merit among them, he said.

Sharma, who decided to allow the convicts to go out on parole for a day to stage the drama, said he was confident that the reformed prisoners would never commit crimes again.

Besides the Presidency Jail in Kolkata, the "cultural therapy" is underway in jails in Behrampur and Midnapur.