Members of the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC) urged the Arthur Road jail inmates to lead a crime-free life.
A painting competition was held for the inmates.
What touched the human rights members was that each of the 25 inmates who participated in the painting competition drew a house in the picture.
"Every painting was beautiful and had a house. It was evident that they were missing their home badly. But to be at home with their families they have to realise that they have to lead a crime-free life. We told this to the inmates also," said MSHRC president Kshitij Vyas.
"The MSHRC members explained that every person, from the time he is born has rights and duties," said Rajendra Dhamne, superintendent of Arthur Road Jail.
"They told them about their rights they will have after they are released from jail," Dhamne added.
More than 400 inmates attended the programme along with four members Research officer Jaishree Patil, Justice VG Munshi, Subash Lala and MSHRC secretary Mehfuz Hussain attended the programme in which they spoke to inmates informing them about their rights and duties.
"It was a joint programme between the jail authorities and the MSHRC. We could not have an interactive session with the inmates but we did inform them about their rights and duties," said Vyas.
"We told them to approach the authorities if they had any grievances. As per the Supreme Court order every jail is supposed to have a grievances box. The inmates can write their complaints and suggestions."
The four best paintings were given prizes and bouquets to boost their spirit.