Mysore, Sep 19 (UNI) Inmates of Mysore Jail can henceforth talk to their near and dear with telephone facility provided from today.
IGP (Southern Range) R P Shamra, speaking after inaugurating the facility, said that Indian jails were not yet modernised and concept such as open jail system were to be accepted and implemented on a large scale.
Eventhough the 150 year old Mysore jail could not be considered as a modern jail, facilities like telephone service which was not part of the jail menu, was an attempt in coming closer to the concept of open jail.
After Bangalore, Mysore Jail was the second to get such facility.
He urged the inmates to make the best use of it by keeping in touch with their families who miss them and their lawyers whom they need to keep in touch with to be updated. At the same time, he warned them against misuse as all the conversations would be recorded and could be used against them in the court of law.
Inmates would be provided opportunity once in a week, in rotation on all week days with a time limit.
Along with the telephone service, the Karnataka Coir Corporation of India also started a cottage industry and the training camp for the inmates of Mysore jail. The Corporation would provide three months training for the inmates and later the inmates could work there as wage workers.