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Learning to Read and Write, Jaipur Prisoners Engage in Storytelling Sessions Amid Lockdown

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Despite the rise in Covid cases, the women prisoners in Jaipur have more stories to exchange with other inmates to grow morally strong.

Storytelling sessions in jails? This might leave you flabbergasted but it is true that the women prison here has become a regular witness to the storytelling sessions where women prisoners exchange their stories with other inmates to grow morally stronger and come out enriched with knowledge."Amid spike in Covid cases, the lockdown has been enforced in the state, which resulted in restrictions in jail visits by the inmates’ family, friends, or trainers. Hence, the prisoners here have occupied themselves in very creative and engaging activities, said Monica Agrawal, DIG, Prisons, Rajasthan.

“Unable to do any other task, they are collecting books from the library and reading out stories for other inmates. Also, there are other females who are learning to read and write from these inmates," she added.

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“One Saraswati (name changed) is an illiterate woman who has been here on dowry charges. She could not read or write anything. However, the inmates have taught her basics of the Hindi language and now she can read the alphabets," Agrawal said.

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Jaipur prisoners last year too had contributed during the lockdown in a big way. They had donated their one-time chapati for have-nots and made containers for birds that could be kept outside with water to quench their thirst.

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first published:April 27, 2021, 18:35 IST