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Education project for women prisoners

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TIRUCHI, NOV.13. The Collector, V. Pandian, stressed the need to create an awareness among the masses of various services being offered by the Child Helpline here today.

Speaking at a function organised under the auspices of the Childline Nodal Organisation, an organ of the Department of Social work of the Bishop Heber College, to distribute toys to the children of inmates of the women's prison at the Tiruchi Central Prison campus, he said that the Childline offered counselling and other support for their rehabilitation.

Though the telephone numbers of other services like 100 were more popular, a large number of people were unaware of the Childline number. All efforts should be taken to popularise the telephone number (1098) of the Childline unit so as to help children in distress and rehabilitate them properly. Ensuring his support towards the same, he suggested painting the Childline number on all State Transport Corporation buses.

Referring to various programmes being implemented for the benefit of women prisoners, he said that non-formal education project, which was introduced in this prison sometime ago, would be resumed shortly. Imprisonment should not be considered as a punishment for a crime but an opportunity to reform. Ensuring proper healthcare and medical aid to the inmates, he urged the prison authorities to treat the inmates and their children with `dignity and honour.' The prisoners should be approached with humaneness.

The Deputy Superintendent of Women's Prison, Vijayalakshmi Pandit, stressed the need to make women prisoners self sufficient involving them in various activities such as tailoring and making greeting cards. The inmates should strive to bring their children up to be proficient in their chosen professions.

The City Coordinator of Childline, Sheeba Stanley, outlined the activities of Childline and said they had received as many as 53,000 calls informing them of children in distress since its inception in 2002.

Later, Mr. Pandian and the Deputy Inspector General of Prisons, T. Kumarasamy, distributed toys to the children of the inmates.

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