The Assamese oxymoron – Honest criminals
For three weeks now, this news has grabbed headlines in Assam. The Guwahati jail is so ‘broad-minded’ with broken walls and open doors that prisoners can just get out, have a cup of tea or attend functions like marriages and birthdays and return in the night.
Much has been covered in the region about the lax jail authorities and government inaptitude. However, no one seems to realise that what is much more bizarre than this ‘open policy’ of the prison, are the honest criminals.
Can any jail seek better prisoners, many of them ‘serving’ life terms? And isn’t that the purpose of jails in a civil society in the first place - to reform criminals and make them honest?
Then again, it also makes one wonder why they are in prison in the first place if they are in essence, honest.
While the jail authorities may or may not deserve punishment the prisoners definitely deserve some sort of reward.
Last heard, the jailer had been suspended and the prisoner’s outing had been permanently cancelled by a 15 feet boundary walls with nails that was built on a war footing.
Image: The Guwahati prison inmates are known to be 'honest'. One wonders why they are in prison in the first place?