Agra prison experiments with ‘jail therapy’ for addiction control
Agra prison experiments with ‘jail therapy’ for addiction control

Agra : When a woman professor (name withheld) became sick and tired of her husband’s chronic drug addiction, she hatched a plot to get him booked for a minor offence to send him to the district jail here.

After a three-month stay, during which he was denied access to liquor, drugs and other intoxicating stuff, he came out fully reformed and normal, much to the relief of the family.

Deeply frustrated with the continuous bickering over her husband’s journey to disaster – first it was cigarettes, then smack and then liquor – and with no idea of how to overcome the crisis brewing at home, the professor and her lawyer worked out a plan – complaining to the police that her husband, who worked in a private company, posessed a lethal knife. This ensured he was locked up.

She bailed him out after being reasonably sure that her husband had shed his addiction, said Anupam Chaturvedi, a mediaperson who has been following the case.

“We cant divulge the details, but quite a few such cases are under our observation,” district jail superintendent Sant Lal Yadav told IANS.

“The woman in question had come to us and asked for our help to monitor and keep an eye on her husband. For the first few days there were problems as he kept shouting and repeatedly demanded drugs or liquor. We persisted and told him he could get over his addiction. After a fortnight he himself began losing interest (in intoxicants). When the time came to release him, he was a changed person to the delight of all,” Yadav added.

Yadav admitted that acting as a reformer was, technically speaking, outside the legal framework but was more of a humanitarian effort. “We are happy that the results are positive and in the larger interests of society.”

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