Weaving Behind Bars

Innovation, Contemporization, Livelihoods

Weaving Behind Bars: Tapestry at Tihar Jail

Mehra, Priya Ravish

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Tihar Jail Complex in New Delhi is one of the largest prison complexes in the world with a total population of around 12,610 prisoners. In a year about 70,000-80,000 prisoners remain lodged in these prisons for different duration. This prison population includes about 531 women prisoners with about 51 children below 6 years of age dependent upon them.
Tihar Prisons have a history of reformation programmes in tune with the current correctional philosophy. Education, Cultural activities, Vocational activities and Moral Education etc. have been going on in Tihar Jails for a long time as a part of the efforts of the Prison Administration for reformation of the prisoners. In the last five years the process has accelerated and received world wide attention. The reformation package tried out by the Delhi Prison Administration is popularly termed as "New Delhi correctional model", the basic characteristics of which are:
  1. Bringing the community into the prison,
  2. Formation of a self-sufficient community of prisoners,
  3. Participative management.
Tihar Jail is famous for the production of a variety of goods at its factory in Jail Number Two. The factory - a fully modernised and computerised unit - engages convicts productively i...
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