Kannada starlet, Maria Susairaj, 28, who is in the women’s jail in Byculla for allegedly murdering television executive Neeraj Grover, has taken up social service. She has been helping educate women and children inside the prison.
Susairaj, along with her fiancée Emile Jerome Mathews, is accused of killing Grover in May 2008.
According to sources, jail authorities approached Susairaj to help educate inmates at the women’s jail, as she is educated and speaks fluent English. The cause is meant to give uneducated women inside the jail a shot at a better life.
“There are some inmates who are not habitual offenders but who were driven to crime by circumstances. Given an option, most of these women would like to lead a crime-free life and this exercise could help them get a job somewhere and earn a livelihood,” said a jail source requesting anonymity, as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Along with Susairaj, a management student who is lodged at the jail in connection with a cheating case, is also assisting authorities in this cause. The exercise was started a few months ago with the view of letting inmates utilise their time in productive activities.
The inmates have been divided into batches and every week, a new batch is given the opportunity. They are trained in reading, writing and speaking English and Hindi. Women who can understand the languages are given basic computer training as well, said a jail source.
When Susairaj was offered the chance to work for the inmates, she readily accepted and has also been helping children inside the jail by educating them, the source added.
“There are around six to seven educated women who are helping out. Almost every day there are classes for over an hour in which around 12 women participate. Depending on how much the women can grasp, they have been divided into groups and are given lessons accordingly,” said S Karnik, Byculla jail superintendent.