GUWAHATI: Prison Ministry India, a national voluntary organization working for the welfare of prison inmates and convicts for over three decades is going to conduct its 12th national conference on the theme, ‘You are not alone’ at Cathedral Church, Guwahati on October 24.
Talking to the reporters on the eve of the conference here on Tuesday, former Chairman of the Prison Ministry India Bishop Peter Remigius said that the conference will be attended by more than 500 delegates from across the country who will share and interact with each other apart from exchanging ideas with government representatives and academicians in order to prepare future plans for the next four years.
“We will have a series of interactive and brain-storming sessions, and will also exchange views and ideas with the government and leading academicians of the region on the issues concerning prison inmates and convicts,” Remigius said.
Notably, this will be the first national conference of Prison Ministry India in the north east region. Established in March 1986, Prison Ministry India reaches out to thousands of prisoners languishing in all the 1401 prisons in India with the intention to reform them.
Prison Ministry India has rehabilitated several thousands of released prisoners during the last 26 years of its existence. Around 6000 persons including volunteers, supporters and well-wishers have very enthusiastically committed their expertise and energy into bringing about hope and quality of life in to the lives of so many hopeless and helpless prisoners in our society. “Prison Ministry India believes that every prisoner has an ardent desire and a right to change and lead a normal life like any other citizen. We also believe that the society too has its responsibility towards these prisoners and their families. But in reality, it is found that the society is not prepared to accept the prisoners but condemns them by saying that a once a criminal, a person is always considers as a criminal,” he said. Giving an outline of the activities of Prison Ministry India, Fr Sebastian said while it primarily offers education, moral guidance, job skills and spiritual animation to the prisoners, it also equips them psychologically and physically for their post-imprisonment period to be spent creatively and fruitfully.
“We also provide rehabilitation facilities by means of transit, halfway homes, apart from establishing offices and other institutions necessary and useful for the above objectives,” he said. According to the Prison Ministry India, there are 1401 prisons in India in which around 4,19,623 inmates have been languishing and more than 60% inmates are undergoing trial. Other hand, there are 31 prisons in Assam in which over 8,000 inmates are languishing and more than 4,000 have been undergoing trails.