Mumbai, October 8: Women prisoners and inmates of open jails in Maharashtra can now make video calls to their family members. According to a Times of India report, this could be the first of its kind initiative for prisoners in the country. The prisoner is allowed to talk to his or her family members for five minutes and will be charged Rs 5. Women Inmates Suffer Suspected Food Poisoning in Mumbai Jail in Byculla Admitted to J J Hospital.
It started as the pilot project at the Central Prison at Yerawada in Pune, and it has now been rolled out in all women's jails and open prison. The call will be monitored by a constable to ensure that the conversation stays around family issues and the well-being of each other. Around 28,000 prisoners, including convicts and undertrials, are lodged in 54 jails across the state.
In July this year, at least 58 inmates of the women's jail in Byculla were rushed to the hospital due to suspected food poisoning, officials said. A majority of the women complained of severe abdominal pain, vomiting and dehydration and were rushed to the government-run Sir J.J. Hospital here.