UP prison inmates throw a party with a prisoner’s newborn to make mother and child feel at home

UP prison celebrates the birth of a prisoner’s baby

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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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Uttar Pradesh: Balrampur District Jail in UP celebrated the birth of a prisoner’s baby to make mother and child ‘feel at home’.
Maya Devi, the inmate, was pregnant when she was brought to the jail, Superintendent Kundan Kumar told PTI. A resident of Bihar, she has been cared for by staff since her incarceration.

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On August 19, Maya gave birth to the child at the “prison hospital” under the supervision of Ratnasen, a prison doctor.

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.

Authorities have opened an investigation into the incident after gangster Roshan Jha, 28, was seen celebrating his birthday outside Kalyan Sessions Court in Ulhasnagar.

He was arrested in 2019 after pleading guilty to attempted murder and extortion charges.

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