India: Illiterate once, Ajmer jail inmates now write letters

Ensuring that illiterate prisoners return home as educated people is the motto of this social reform programme in jails

As many as 163 prisoners in Ajmer Central Jail have now turned literate, and 62 of them have started studying. Postcards are made available to prisoners to write regularly to their families and share their feelings with them.

Many prisoners who came to this jail were illiterate, but now they are reading newspapers and magazines”, said the prison superintendent Suman Maliwal, adding that they are being encouraged to write letters to their families on postcards available to them.