Everyone can become a productive member of the society. In a bid to help rehabilitate prisoners of the Poojappura Central Prison in Thiruvananthapuram, the prison will soon open a salon that will be run by the inmates themselves.
An old building will be converted into the salon and the parlour would provide various styling services for men.
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“We are planning to open the saloon by April-May. Training for inmates for this regards will begin soon. The instructors from two polytechnics in the city will impart training in the beautification course,” Jail Superintendent S Santhosh was quoted as saying in a report by the New Indian Express.
According to Santosh, the first preference for the men who will be getting trained for these courses would be the ones who already have some experience and expertise in styling and beautification. In the beginning, there would be about 25 inmates who get trained and would work in the salon in shifts.
The salon, which will be open to the public, will offer all the modern amenities and would be completely air conditioned. There might even be a separate wing for senior citizens. By helping the inmates get trained in styling, the prison is also preparing them to obtain skills to find jobs in the outside world once they have served their term and have been released.
While the initiative is certainly unique, the concept is not foreign in Kerala where there is another salon run by inmates called Phoenix Freedom Xpressions and is run in Kannur. The Poojappura Central Prison on its own has introduced a number of rehabilitation programmes for its inmates, including starting a cafeteria and an organic vegetable farm.
The goal here is to ensure no one gets left behind in society.