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Jails in India were usually established by the
British Government, but Indian Government has been updating these jails
since past years. Mysore Jail is one of the famous Jails, where there
are many prisoners along with the great criminal profiles such as Don –
Chotta Rajan, and Shooter Bachcha Khan are placed inside this jail.
The main intention of setting-up jails is to
keep society or public safe from such criminals, who harm the people.
Also, to make the prisoners realise their mistakes, as well as help to
improve their lifestyle. Prisoners are not just kept behind the iron
bars, but they are also given many other facilities like Clothing,
Medical Camp, Bathing and Toilet Facility, and many more.
Though it is a jail, prisoners are given lot many facilities to give them a homely feel. The reason behind this arrangement is to change their mind, cultivate togetherness (oneness), improve their personality by treating each other like friends and not enemies.TMysore jail has been launched in the year 1862 on
Ashoka road, which is widely spread with 21 acres of land, and lots of
reconstruction or reformation works are being done every year or most
often, by the Government of Mysore since 152 years. The Government is
planning to conduct many different activities in this wide area.
The Establishment of Mysore Central Jail
There are also certain activities which have
been started already such as – Agriculture and Horticulture, Education
and Library, Sports and Cultural Activities, and many more. This way
Mysore jail has been providing prisoners a wide area for prisoners to
perform many interesting activities that will give lots of encouragement
to the jailers to forget their past, improve their personality and
start their new life, after getting released from the jail.
Administrators and Staff of Mysore Central Jail
It is found that, there are around 102 staffs, as
per the details given by P?S?Jayasimha – Chief Superintendent of
Prisons. The details include—Chief Superintendent (1), Superintendents
(2), Assistant Superintendent (1); the other important staffs include
Warders (82), and Head Warders (16). But, there is still more staff to
come, as there is a huge number of requirement to manage the prisons by
taking more secure and safety measures.
Security measures can be related to protect both the prisoners as well as the Public. Safety measures for prisoners include protection from natural calamities, or through protesters, by arranging safety roofs and walls. Also, safety measures for public include – High Secured Jail Walls, to prevent prisoners to escape from the jails and harm people outside.
It becomes duty of the administrators and guards to maintain the jail in a secured way, that too by fulfilling the needs of the prisoners as well.
Security in Mysore Central Jail
After the incidents at Bellary jail, which became
easy for the killers like Jai Shanker to jump out of the walls, the
administration of Mysore jail has awaken, and have built highly secured
20 feet tall wall, which becomes impossible for the prisoners to escape
from this wall.
The walls are so strong that, they have been built
by razor-barbed wire fencing, which may harm the person who tries to
jump over the wall. So, there is absolutely no chance to escape.
Such walls are very important for the jail, not just to prevent prisoners from getting escape, but also to avoid other people to send messages to the prisoners inside, which will make the criminals to run-off from this jail.
Betterment Activities for Prisoners in Mysore Central Jail
There are various activities performed in jail including agriculture and horticulture. A large acre of land is provided for the prisoners to do agriculture and horticulture. Government has arranged a guide to guide them in these fields; so that, prisoners can learn the method of how exactly agriculture and horticulture is done, and adopt them in their life after getting released from the jail.
Prisoners are taught both Basic and Advanced method of Agriculture and Horticulture. This means, manual and machinery method will be practiced in the open area of the central jail, or prisoners are carried out some other wide open space, especially to the fields to make them learn agriculture, if they are interested to build their career in agriculture.
Managing a Bakery
As per the recent news, bakery items such as
buns, biscuits, etc have been started manufacturing by the Mysore jail
administrators. These administrators provide all the essentials such as
maida, sugar, eggs, and so on ... needed to prepare bakery products;
but, all the expenses are filled by the Government itself. The main
intention behind making the bakery items is to help them to start a new
career by changing or modifying their lifestyle.
Investigation has found that, 800 pounds of
bread, 20kg biscuits, and 500 buns, etc. are being manufactured and sold
out daily. This will help prisoners to start a new business when they
are released from the jail. Also, earn some money when they are in the
prison itself, which will assist them for their personal expenditure
These bakery items are sold in the outlet –
opened for premises to sell the bakery products. And this outlet is
occupied by CCTV camera, along with the prison guard to keep a keen eye
on the products manufactured.
Education and Library
Jailers or prisoners have the opportunity to study in the
jail itself. Mysore jail administrators have been in touch with many
universities and provide great opportunity for the prisoners to learn and
improve their career, studying at jail. Thus, there are many young prisoners
who have taken advantage of this learning opportunity at jail, and they studied
hard to hold a degree or diploma certificate staying at jail itself.
Government of Mysore has provided library facility in the Mysore Central jail,
with the intension to help prisoners study in a better way. So that, after they
are released from the jail, these people will get wide job opportunity in many
standard companies in India and abroad as well, through which they can start
their new career and lead the new life happily.
Sports and Cultural Activities
If prisoners are interested in sports and cultural
activities, they can participate in many sports and cultural activities
conducted by the jail administrators. Sports such as Volleyball,
Football, Cricket Match, Hockey, etc. are played at the ground. Also,
there will be cultural programmes like dance, drama, music is also held
by the administrators, who encourage prisoners to perform several
activities and build their career.
Such type of physical activities not just helps them build their career in the sports field, but also gives them physical fitness and thereby keeps them strong and healthy; also, encourages them to lead their life by working hard, and not through any shortcut root such as robbery or murder.
Health Camps for Prisoners in Mysore Central Jail
Prisoners are even provided health checkup or
health camp by the Government of Mysore, with the intension to keep these
prisoners healthy and safe. The health camp began after the capture of
intimates of Veerapan. These people suffered from nausea and vomiting
and were taken to the health clinic for check up, and there were no
certain facility in the jail during that time.
Later, Government became alert and have create
Health Camp in the Jail itself, which helped many prisoners to get
immediate treatment and get speedy recovery.Actually, Mysore Government had planned about this Health Camp long back, but the facility came into existence after the intimates of Veerapan, including his wife Muttulakshmi.
Cable TV Arrangement in Mysore Central Jail
There are around 40 cells in the jail, among which
35 are meant for men and 5 cells are occupied by women. Each cell
includes Television with Set Top Box which costs Rs.1000 (per Set Top
Box), and all the prisoners are allowed to watch television till night
10:30 only, and will be switched-off later.
This is one of the ways, where government of Mysore and the administrators of the jail have shown their humanity against prisoners by creating homely environment and has given lots of freedom for these people to enjoy in the jail by watching the programmes of their interest.
Even, some movies are played for the sake of these prisoners. Such facilities have made them to remain in the jail, rather than escaping out of the jail.
Some Well-Known Prisoners in Mysore Central Jail
There were more than 1000 prisoners kept in this
jail, along with famous profiles such as Don. Chotta Rajjan, and Shooter
Bachcha Khan; also, Godman Nithyananda was arrested due to his shameful
act in Bidadi Ashram, and after investigations done, he was later
released from the Mysore Central Jail. Not just Nithyananda, but,
even other prisoners will be released every year, during festivals or
certain special days like Independence Day, Republic Day, Kannada
Rajyotsava, Shivaratri, etc.
Not all prisoners, but selected persons will be
released from this jail. It all depends upon the activities performed by
the prisoners. If administrators feel that, prisoners have transformed
or getting changed, they will release them from the jail during the
Address of Mysore Jail: Mysore Central Jail BB Keri, Rajendra Nagar Mysore, Karnataka 570001