you educate a man, you educate an individual; when you educate a woman you educate
a whole family." - Mac Iver
Amritsar Prison presently accommodates around 100 female inmates. Hostel No. 1
of the Prison has been earmarked for this purpose. The Amritsar Jail in association
with various Government and Non-Government Organisations launched a number of
projects for empowerment of women prisoners. Under the scheme, the female inmates
are being taught how to weave, make toys, stitch and make embroidery items. Female
inmates are also taking keen interest in the education and health advocacy programmes.
A separate kitchen has been recently started for the female inmates with a view
to improve the quality of food.
major partners in women empowerment projects include:
- Punjab Social Welfare
Guru Nanak Dev University, Amritsar
Vigyan Kendra, Amritsar
at a glance
inmates in a class of Dress Designing
designing: Certificate Course in Dress Designing has been started by the
Department of Adult Continuing Education and Extension of Guru Nanak Dev University,
Amritsar. The University has appointed a full time instructor for this purpose.
and toys made by the prisoners
Training by KVK: The Home Science wing of the local Krishi Vigyan Kendra
in collaboration with India Vision Foundation has started vocational training
in candle making, food preservation, toy making, tie and dye, fabric painting,
pot painting, home craft. KVK is a joint venture of ICAR (Indian Council of Agricultural
Research) and Punjab Agricultural University.
inmates participating in Border Area Project
Boarder Area Project: Under this project, Punjab
Social Welfare Board in collaboration with India Vision Foundation has started
various programmes to support women inmates in a number of life skill programmes
like Embroidery and Knitting, Family counseling and Primary Education.
of Female inmates in school
head for school for the first time
children residing with their relatives in Amritsar jail can now be able to compete
with their social counterparts outside. All the Children who are in the age group
of 3-6 years have been admitted in the Government Primary School.
children upto six years of age are allowed to reside in the jail along with their
kith and kin. It is the moral responsibility of the prison authorities to provide
them all support so that they are able to receive proper education and to compete
with the other children of their age group in the society.
is for the first time in Punjab that children residing in jail are attending classes
outside the premises of jail. India Vision Foundation is providing reading material
and other support to these children.
crèche for the wards of the women prisoners has also been set up by Punjab Social
Welfare Board with the help of the India Vision foundation.
Agnihotri addressing the inmates
H-71: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has launched this
project in Amritsar Prison in collaboration with India Vision Foundation to prevent
drug driven HIV. It is a peer led intervention which aims to intensify efforts
to reduce drug related HIV/AIDS amongst vulnerable high-risk groups including
prisoners. Similar programme has been started for the Male Prisoners also.
Punjab Red Cross Society has also initiated various
programmes with a view to educate the prisoners about the ill-effects of Drugs
and HIV and to bring awareness about effective preventive measures.