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25 inmates of correctional home enroll for yoga

Nashik (TNN): The authorities of Kishor Sudharalay, a juvenile correctional home in the city, have organized yoga classes for its minor inmates from Monday. The classes for 25 inmates, who have been found guilty in criminal offences, will be organized by NGO Yuva Parivartan.

Satish Karnik, principal of the correctional home, said, “The aim is to keep the minds and bodies of the inmates relaxed. The yoga classes will definitely help in developing positive attitude among them.”

He said the correctional home provides education (classes I, IV and X) to its inmates. This year, five of them appeared for the SSC examination. Besides, the inmates are also being provided vocational training such as information technology, book binding, two-wheeler repair, making soft toys, English speaking and electricity wire fitting.

Karnik said they have decided to hold a crash on yoga for 15 days. “Once the course is over, the staff would ensure that the inmates practice yoga regularly.”

He said the correctional home recently conducted a one-month course on the basics of computers.

The correctional home, the only one in the state, houses inmates in the age group of 16 to 21 years. Earlier, Kishor Sudharalaya used to be a sub-jail for undertrials. Later, it was decided to shift the undertrials to Nasik Road prison.

“Children in the age group of 16 to 21 years, who have been found involved in crimes including thefts, murders, etc., are the occupants of the correctional home. Those below 18 years of age are usually influenced by hardcore criminals. If they are found accessory to a crime, the juvenile justice board may direct the police to hand them over to their parents or an NGO, considering the gravity of the crime,” Karnik said.

The inmates at Kishor Sudharalay are the ones whose parents have refused to take them home due to poor financial conditions.

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