BSSS students visit Central Jail as a part of study tour

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2017 11:16:06


Staff Reporter,

Students of Bhopal School of Social Sciences (BSSS) visited Central Jail for two days. It was orientation cum observation programme for students.
Total 70 students of B.A Ist year psychology, IIIrd Sem psychology and certificate in child guidance students benefit with the orientation of Central Jail. The purpose of visit to Bhopal Jail is to sensitize and develop awareness for prisoners and their living conditions. Students were fascinated with infrastructure of the jail.

In the first day of jail visit students were accompanied by Psychologist, Dr Vinay Mishra where as on second day students were accompanied by two teachers Dr Rakhee Varma Assistant Professor Psychology & Oomen Varghese, Assistant Professor of social work department. After meeting with Jail Deputy Superintendent programme was started under the presence of Jail Assistant Superintendent and Sister Olive prison ministry. The aim of the programme was to provide psychological counseling session to the prisoners. Total no of 500 prisoners was benefited with the session taken by Professor Vinay Mishra and Dr Rakhee Verma.

In fact prisoners interacted and shared their inner feelings with them by understanding the subject Psychology. They raised questions which deeply influenced them with this fact that- Is every sentenced prisoner a criminal? Don’t you think society is responsible for doing crimes? Their deep hearted questions which are making them upset time to time get some answers with this interaction.

They were satisfied with these answers when it was well explained by the speakers that Thoughts, Emotions and Behaviour are interdependent with each other and playing an important role in individual’s mental health and the actual relationship among jailer and prisoners can develop like father and children, brother and brother which can turn easily into a family.

Students were over whelmed with cultural programme of prisoners (especially the song they sung with the peepal leaf). One of the Ist year students also presented a solo song for them which touched their hearts. Also students interacted and gave tips to them which they appreciated. Students were impressed with the stage of central jail which was decorated by prisoners as they made models of Krishna Lela and small temple.

As total 3097 prisoners were residing in jail in which 122 women prisoners have a special wing with separate entrance. Students also visited Pantry, Library, Hospital and the garden maintained by them. The enthusiasm of the students was witnessed as they whole heartedly participated and acquainted with new learning experience.