UP prison inmates throw a party with a prisoner’s newborn to make mother and child feel at home
- Maya says that after initially being worried about giving birth, she was put at ease by the staff.
- Prison officers and inmates decorated her cell and sang folk songs to her.
- The party was complete with gifts for the mother and her child.
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Six days later, prison officers held a birthday party for the baby to provide the couple with a “home environment”.
The celebrations included a dance and a recital of folk songs by inmates to welcome the baby in addition to the decoration of Maya’s cell with feminine garlands.
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The ceremony was complete with gifts for the newborn like toys, clothes and a cradle and a sari for the detained mother.
The future prisoner said she had reservations about going to prison, but all her “worries disappeared after seeing the response and support from prison staff”.
A superintendent says staff are doing everything possible to ensure that the basic rights of prisoners on trial are not violated in prison.
It comes days after video showed a murder defendant cutting a birthday cake inside a police van in Maharashtra.
He was arrested in 2019 after pleading guilty to attempted murder and extortion charges.