Jail inmates of Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison will soon run a plush men’s salon


Poojappura Central Prison

Want a haircut? A new plush men’s salon by Jail inmates of Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison might soon satiate your haircut needs.

Prison is a harsh reality we all prefer to be left unaware of.What we have picked up from journals, memoirs and the word of mouth is that the conditions are abysmal, food is pathetic and security is a dream. There is no such thing as hygiene and life never becomes the same again. However, changes are happening now. Changes happening for the better. One such initiative has been taken up by Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison where 25 of the jail residents will be trained in beautification courses and then extra staff will join in.

Prison is a harsh reality we all prefer to be left unaware of. Not many of us know what it is like and no one is really interested in finding out. What we have picked up from journals, memoirs and the word of mouth is that the conditions are abysmal, food is pathetic and security is a dream. There is no such thing as hygiene and life never becomes the same again. However changes are happening now. Changes happening for the better. Prisons have become correctional centres. Earlier all that the inmates did was manual labour and spend a good amount of your life in numbness. But, with time, these correctional centres are now allowing these inmates to get vocational or alternate education while serving their sentences. This not just gives them something to look forward to and be more focused, but also allows them to have an assurance for a livelihood that they can practice when they finish their sentence. One such initiative has been taken by Kerala’s Poojappura Central Prison.

With the efforts of the superintendent of Poojappura prison, an old unused quarters building near the prison compound will be renovated and converted into a parlour exclusively for men, where civilians will be able to avail the services at cheaper rates. The venture is part of the various rehabilitation initiatives taken by the state authorities for the prisoners in the state. This initiative is second of its kind, the first one being a part of central prison in Kunnur. The initiative will be purely run by the inmates. To start with, 25 of the jail residents will be trained in beautification courses and then extra staff will join in.

Seeing the high rise in demand for beauticians across the states, the authorities are hopeful that these skills will leave them with better chances of their employment once they finish their sentence and try finding a way back to normal life. Recently, one such opportunity was also given to woman inmates of Tihar jail also, where they were given training in fashion skills by teaching them to tailor, sew and stitch.

KHYATI PATHAK | TOC

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