Vocational training

Without vocational training, inmates at Bangalore Central Jail face a bleak future – The New Indian Express

Express press service

BENGALURU: At least 184 women in Bangalore Central Jail at Parappana Agrahara are eagerly awaiting the resumption of vocational training and skilled jobs. Since the start of 2020, all job training programs have been halted due to the pandemic, leaving many women without money to seek legal aid or pay those caring for their children, husbands or relatives. their sick parents.

The prison had limited activities – such as paper bag making, embroidery and baking – for female prisoners, who could earn around 3,000 rupees a month. But now they have nothing.

Soumya (a prisoner on parole) from Kolar says that some prisoners cannot afford basic hygiene products. The families don’t even contact them. There are many who cannot afford legal services because they have no money.

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She cites the example of a prisoner who was transferred from Tumkur prisons where prisoners made incense sticks. Rs 10 was given per pack which included 120 sticks.

“Although thin, she earned a few thousand a month. She could send money to her mother who took care not only of her husband who has no arms and suffers from tuberculosis, but also of her two school-going children. “, Sumya said.

But COVID-19 claimed the mother’s life and the children dropped out of school to work as construction workers. The woman, when she was on parole, pawned the little jewels she had for her husband’s treatment, and now finds herself with nothing. “Prison officials need to think about industries that can come and train us. There are quite a few we’ve heard of doing this for prisoners in other states,” Soumya says.

Vocational and vocational training courses for inmates not only create a positive environment, but also keep inmates busy, making them competent and financially independent. Thus, once released, they can start their life over and earn a living.

“We have not been able to take orders from NGOs or private agencies during the pandemic, or allow foreigners to come and train these women for skilled jobs,” a senior prison official said. on condition of anonymity.

“There is also limited space to install textile machines. We agree that more such classes are needed. the bakery. The option is now only available to male prisoners,” the officer said. The new Indian Express.

Another prisoner Rekha (name changed) says security is another issue. “Women are not allowed out of the women’s barracks. While men have more space, we are confined within four walls. We also need to stay engaged,” she says.

Chief Superintendent of Prisons, P Ranganatha, said: “We will be resuming operations soon. Once the Covid situation subsides, we will move female prisoners to a new prison where they can learn baking and cooking. other courses.”

DG (Prisons) Alok Mohan says all vocational courses will resume. “There is more than what happened before that is planned. Nearly 25 courses will soon see the light of day for prisoners,” he adds.