Kashmir jail teaches prisons the art of weaving and embroidery

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Amphala (J-K), Nov 3 (ANI): The administration of the District Jail at Amphala in Jammu and Kashmir has undertaken a project as part of reforming the prisoners by training them in the art of weaving cloth and embroidery.

The jail authorities have initiated this training programme with assured hopes that the skill learnt would turn the inmates into good human beings and also help them to take up a profitable vocation to lead a dignified life after their release.

"I learnt the art of powerloom operation and also electrical works. Now I know how to make bed sheets and other products. There are other five people who were convicted for the same case. Now we can start our own work after our release from this jail. I thank God that we are living happily in this jail," said Barkat Ali, a convict.

On their part, the inmates are happy as they are making colourful hand-woven textiles and allied items like carpets, cushions, bed-covers, handbags, woollen dresses and long scarves.

More than 120 inmates have undergone training in weaving and embroidery art and presently they are engaged in this handicrafts unit functioning inside this jail.

"We are trying to make (a prisoner) first a human then into a good human being and then an useful unit and conduit for society ho has done something wrong. So now he has realised that he is under process of reformation and he is reformed, so the society as to accept them again and rehabilitate them," said Superintendent, Amphala District Jail.

This handicrafts unit was set up six years ago and till date more than 650 inmates have been trained here.

The unit has received a good response and the work of inmates is accepted by the society, as evident from constant demand for the products from Amphala District Jail.

The jail authorities have recorded an upward trend in the revenue earned by this unit in the last three years.

In 2007, the revenue was around 500 thousand rupees and this year the officials hope that the figure will cross the previous year's ark. (ANI)

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