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Criminal past, reformed present

Hands that once held daggers and guns now hold pens. And they are scripting success stories too. Juvenile delinquents, lodged in Dhanbad, have come out with flying colours in their matriculation exams. Anand Mishra reports.

india Updated: May 23, 2008 01:23 IST
Anand Mishra

Hands that once held daggers and guns now hold pens. And they are scripting success stories too. Juvenile delinquents, lodged in Dhanbad, have left the criminal past far behind to come out with flying colours in their quest for education.

Lodged at Bhuda reformatory, 17-year-old Sanjeet secured 69 per cent marks in matriculation exam, conducted by Jharkhand Academic Council. Sanjeet is accused of killing his father, which landed him in the reformatory home on December 12, 2007.

Elated at the success, the district welfare officer Jagjit Singh said Sanjeet is an example for other inmates. “He refused to be bogged down by the adversities and worked very hard to succeed,” said Singh.

“His good behaviour and his educational performance would help him in the long run as the case trial proceeds,” said Shashi Kumar Rai, Deputy Superintendent of the remand home.

Sanjeet’s is not the only success story to have emerged from behind the bars. Out of five inmates, who appeared in the matriculation exam, four got first division. Accused in a case of kidnapping, Salim secured first class with 63 per cent marks. Double murder accused Ranjay of Nirsa and forgery accused Hemchand from Bokaro also secured first division. However, another inmate Ravi Soren secured second division. Two security guards used to escort each examinee to the examination centre.

Currently, the home has three teachers and 35-odd inmates. The teachers, Mehfooz Alam, Harendra Kumar Singh and Sudha Prakash take classes from 10 am to 1 pm.