Former Indian Police Service (IPS) officer and social activist Kiran Bedi’s non-governmental organisation (NGO) India Vision Foundation would soon be initiating various reforms, educational and special training activities for jail inmates, across Haryana.
Though the foundation has been known for reforms and welfare of inmates in jails in other states and Tihar Jail in Delhi, Haryana would be the first state in the country where the foundation would carry these activities in all central and district jails as a state programme.
Bedi was in Panchkula on Saturday and she held a meeting with director general (prisons), Haryana, Parminder Rai, following which it was decided that the foundation would undertake reform activities across the state.
Bedi told HT that comprehensive, holistic reforms and training programmes of the foundation for men and women jail inmates, which were likely to begin next month, would include education, computer education, stitching and tailoring, painting, pottery, carpentry, beauticians’ courses and hair dressing. The foundation raised the funds on its own from among its partners, added Bedi, a recipient of Magsaysay award, besides several others.
“No one willingly comes to the jail and no one wants to return to jail. So why not give them education, skill and talent so they could go out and live a life with dignity,” she said, adding that even the family and society welcomed a reformed and skilled person.
The foundation trains inmates according to their aptitude and skill or talent and gives them certificates after the completion of the courses, said the country’s first woman IPS officer.
Director general (prisons) Rai said prior to imparting trainings to the inmates, the foundation teams would also hold orientation and training programmes for the jail staff so as to create leaders from among them too. The foundation had been working in Gurgaon jail since the past few years, results of which were promising, he said, adding that the foundation would lay a special thrust on the welfare and reform of the women inmates and their children.
Jails in Haryana
There are two central jails in Hisar and one in Ambala. While there are no district jails in Panchkula, Fatehabad and Mewat, each of the remaining 16 districts has one prison. Every district and central jail has separate prisons for women inmates. There are around 18,000 inmates against the capacity of 16,000 inmates in all jails across the state.