As the nation celebrated the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi on Friday, 40 prisoners of central prison at Arthur Road in Mumbai pledged to follow the ideals of non violence and truth cherished by the father of the nation.
The pledge was administered in Hindi by the jailor Rajendra Dhamane in the presence of DIG (Prisons) Rajnesh Seth at the assembly hall of the high security prison.
Dhamane said just as sick persons were sent to the hospitals for treatment, prisoners, who may have done wrong things in life, came to jails to get reformed.
He was speaking at a function organised by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal in the jail to award prisoners who had appeared for the Gandhi Peace Examination.
Around 80 prisoners had written the test but only 40 of them attended the function to collect merit certificates of participation.
Jail officers, who also appeared for the examination, were awarded momento and certificates by the DIG (Prisons).
The jailor informed the gathering that the examination was held every year in various jails of Maharashtra by Bombay Sarvodaya Mandal. Around 5000 prisoners have appeared for the Gandhi Peace examination in the last four years, he said.
Paying homage to Mahatma Gandhi, the DIG asked the prisoners to shed the path of violence and follow Gandhi's ideals of truth and non violence.