Bilaspur District Collector Goes Beyond The Call Of Duty, Admits a Prison Inmate’s Daughter To School
On June 25 the life of a 6-year-old daughter of a prisoner was changed. The local district collector chanced upon her, realised she was keen to study, so got her admitted to an international school. That day was an emotional affair for the inmates at the Central Jail Bilaspur.
Speaking to The Logical Indian, Dr Sanjay Alang, the district collector said that when he was on an inspection last month in the women’s ward in Central Jail Bilaspur when he noticed a small girl – Kushi (name changed), sitting with other women inmates.
“I was shocked at first, but later approached the girl and asked her if she wanted to go to school.” The girl replied affirmatively and after a month she was admitted to an international school on the collector’s request. He took her in his own vehicle and got her admitted to the school.
The young girl has been living in the jail since her father was convicted for a serious crime, Alang was told by the female prison warden. She has no one to look after her. Her mother died of jaundice when she was 15-days-old.
Jain International school, whose fees is around 3 lakhs per annum, agreed to sponsor Khusi’s education and accommodation till class 12.
Alang’s heartwarming act did not just end at that. He reached out to the jail superintendent to know more inmate’s children who are living in jail.
Alang got to know there are 17 other kids who are staying in jail. So he approached the district education officer. He asked the education officer of the area to make sure that all these 17 children get an education as well as a place to stay outside the jail.
As of now the process of admitting these 17 children is underway. Several people are coming forward to help.
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel took cognisance of the matter and appreciated Alang for his noble task on Twitter.
जिला कलेक्टर डॉ संजय की इस मानवीय कदम के लिए जितनी सराहना की जाए कम है।
साथ ही जेल प्रशासन एवं स्थानीय प्रशासन भी बधाई का पात्र है।
— Bhupesh Baghel (@bhupeshbaghel) June 26, 2019
The Logical Indian Take
There are scores of children of prison inmates who spend their childhood loitering the empty corridors of jail, trying to catch a glimpse of their parent, with no idea about their future. Not all children are as lucky as Kushi or other 17 kids from Central Jail Bilaspur, where Dr Sanjay Alang came to rescue. We urge more people to come forward and help these children. They deserve equal opportunities, like other civilian kids.