There is life, and job, after Tihar
After five years spent behind bars, Kaushal Choudhary now has the job of a field officer with a monthly salary of Rs 4,000, reports Basant Kumar Mohanty.india Updated: Oct 16, 2006 03:22 IST
Whoever thought dreams died behind the iron bars of prisons has not been to Tihar Jail. Inmates here are walking out of their prison cells to a dignified professional life.
Kaushal Choudhary, charged with murder and currently out on bail, was interviewed and recruited by DRS Logistics, a Hyderabad-based transport company, while he was an undertrial period in Tihar Jail.
After five years spent behind bars, he now has the job of a field officer with a monthly salary of Rs 4,000. “People did not have faith in me since I was a prisoner. But now I am happy that I have a job," the 26-year-old said.
Choudhary completed his graduation in the jail last year through a correspondence course run by the Delhi University.
Take Sanjaya Kumar Dingra. Accused in a murder case, he was acquitted by a court recently and has joined the transport company as a painter with a salary of over Rs 3,000 a month.
The jail authorities had recommended the duo on the basis of their conduct. The company has offered to recruit 50 prisoners a year.