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From depths of despair, rises hope

By Our Staff Reporter

VIJAYAWADA, NOV. 27. It is not too difficult to transgress moral boundaries in a world where temptation abounds every corner. Loving a perfect person is not an accomplishment.

But, learning to see an imperfect person perfectly is an achievement in itself. Sending out the message loud and clear to 20 and odd women prisoners in the district jail were members of Rotary Club of Vijayawada Centennial.

The programme to rehabilitate women under-trials lodged in the jail by training them in embroidery and mirror work was aimed at showing them a potent pathway for self-awakening that would help them live their life with happiness and inner peace they deserve. It was a small event with a big purpose and a noble cause.

Avoid self-betrayal

The Project Director of Women and Child Welfare Agency, Krishna district, K. Suhasini Devi, asked women to avoid the crime of self-betrayal and live. She urged them to relinquish despair and trust in their limitless potential.

The women were depressed after concluding that they were unworthy of being loved and had isolated themselves from social activities. "Instead of blaming your fate, other people and God for your plight and wallow in self-pity, you should learn to manage even the most adverse circumstances," she said.

"Persons like Vidya Kanna, president of the centennial club and director of the Jan Shikshana Samsthan, are living examples of how this principle operates in life," she explained.

Fear into fortune

Vidya Kanna's advice to them was to think of disasters as lessons in life and transform fears into fortune. "It is important for you to help yourself grow into independent and resilient human beings," she maintained.

Though the women did not look very impressed, a hope that it may be something worth looking forward to enhanced their curiosity. The inmates, after all, don't have a multitude of choices that throw up a host of dilemmas.

Centennial club members have no sure-fire formula to transform the women prisoners, but a firm belief that there are still some ways in which they can be influenced and turned a source of positive energy for those around them, encouraged them to start the programme.

It was their way of telling the prisoners that everyone handles life some way or the other. How you handle it makes all the difference.

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