Images of India : Jail Tourism – experience a day in jail for Rs.500…

srinivasaraoapparasuA society which does not spend enough to build good schools for its children will be forced to cough up more to build jails for its adults. Across centuries, the jail, has been a dreaded sordid but permanent reality of every society and an experience reserved for its worst, and finest at times, people. Now you can experience a day in an over 200 year old jail for a mere Rs.500 as part of a new educative tourism experience created when an innovative idea came to V.K.Singh, Director of Jails, of the Telangana state police. The former Old District Central Jail in the Sangareddy town of Medak district became the Heritage Jail Museum. In India, this will be the first prison being opened up as a museum for general public, with the unique experience to be a prisoner for a day. You will be taken into the prison, given a prisoner kit, comprising a dress, a bed sheet. The food and water served are the same as consumed by prisoners across the state. Your mobile phone is confiscated and all your contacts with the external world are severed. You will be locked up in your cell to be shared or spent in isolation – based on the numbers of other prison tourists. Officials say that spending time in jail will dissuade people from breaking the law. The Sangareddy jail was originally built in 1796 by Nizam Ali Khan of Hyderabad. Designed to house the Nizam’s horses, the building was later made into a jail under the British colonial administration. Several political prisoners were detained at the Sangareddy jail.