Learn the art of saying no The Founder’s Den Page 2 Thane I 16 - 22 August 2014. Also Published From Hyderabad . Delhi/NCR . Pune . Bangalore I facebook.com/cityplus I jagrancityplus.com Page 6 VOL 5 ISSUE #46 PAGES 8 Building bonds behind bars Thane Central Jail encourages women prisoners to prepare over 1,000 rakhis this Raksha Bandha as a source of income L ANAMIKA MORE GHARAT ast month saw the women prisoners of Thane Central Jail come together for a unique initiative. Every minute was spent to prepare over 1,000 rakhis, which were sold outside the jail premises on Sunday, August 10. Its sole objective was to empower women prisoners by providing a platform to showcase their talent. Jail authorities set up a pandal outside the jail premises that flaunted five different kinds of rakhis. “They were able to prepare nearly 1,000 rakhis in the past one month. They enjoyed working together and worked hard to achieve the task,” said UT Pawar, Superintendent of Police, Thane Central Jail. Besides rakhis, furniture and other products were also put up on display. The exhibition commenced at 10am. “It helped in changing the bad image of prisoners,” Pawar added. The funds raised through the exhibition will be used for the welfare of prisoners. This initiative is the first amongst the rest planned for their empowerment. The section for women prisoners at Thane They enjoyed working together and worked hard to achieve the task A UT Pawar Central Jail was inaugurated in June because of the congested Aadharwadi Jail in Kalyan. Over 80 women prisoners, from 18 years and above, participated in this initiative. “Around 60 women prisoners were shifted from Kalyan jail to Thane Central Jail. These women were produce for hearings in Thane lower court, Thane session court, Vasai court and Palghar court, makes a total of around 80 women in the jail. Also, Taloja jail in Navi Mumbai doesn’t have a women prison,” says Pawar. Thane Central Jail recently prepared 25 barracks for women prisoners. A single barrack offers comfort to around five women. “In the future, we will also ask prisoners to prepare incense, which could be sold in local markets or through exhibition. These activities keep prisoners busy and also give authorities a good source of income,” he adds. let them shine Police officer purchase rakhis made by the women prisoners of Thane Central Jail
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