On Wednesday, 50 prisoners serving life sentences at the Central Jail, Bengaluru, found another shot at life, after being released on account of good conduct.
The motley group of reformed inmates included a young mother, an octogenarian woman, a man who served as a male nurse and another one who managed to pursue and complete not one or two, but three post graduation courses!
For Sabeena, who is in her early thirties, freedom meant that she could now dedicate all her time to raise her two-year-old son, whom she had conceived during her parole period.
85-year-old Parvathamma was received by her visibly glad grandson Parashuram, after having spent ten years in the prison.
While it is one’s violation of societal conduct that leads them to the jail, who said that they cannot make the best out of that time? After being assigned hospital chores, Bhavireddy spent 14 years of his term as a male nurse and even tended to those patients suffering from mental disorders.
“When I came here 14 years ago, I was plagued by questions of self-doubt—what would I do in jail, whether my life was worth living, whether I would ever be released. With support from staff members, I did this throughout the 14 years and now want to lead a good life with my wife and children,” he said, reports The New Indian Express.
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Meanwhile, 48-year-old NS Narasimha Reddy, a native of Bagepalli taluk in Chikkaballapur district, utilised his 14-year term to focus on academic pursuits. While his both daughters became engineers during the period, Narasimha completed post graduation degrees in Journalism, Economics, and History.
During the programme that marked the release of the convicts, he showcased a reformed and humanitarian side by appealing on behalf his fellow inmates. “Some inmates have served over 20 years. I request that they be released as they too have families and other responsibilities,” he said.