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Tihar Jail: Empowering inmates

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe
    Photos: Sanjay.K.Sharma

    Convicts making shoes in a shoe unit in Tihar Jail. A new factory has been opened in South Asia's largest prison. For eight hours a day, six days a week, inmates of Tihar Jail gather to tape long strands of insulated wire into harnesses for the Alto 800.

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe

    Govt files being made by convicts in Tihar Jail. The plant, operated by Minda Furukawa Electric (MFE) - a joint venture between Ashok Minda Group is a public-private-partnership between the Tihar prison complex and the private auto component maker.

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe

    Wooden furniture made by convicted criminals in Tihar Jail. The company has trained 30 inmates, and work is underway to build a much larger facility, to employ 250 prisoners on two shifts.

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe

    Convicts making mustard oil in Tihar Jail. The project, a first for the Indian auto sector, is part of MFE's corporate social responsibility (CSR) programme.

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe

    Convicts working at a bakery unit in Tihar Jail. Indian courts mandate those sentenced to rigorous imprisonment must be put to work. Therefore, a significant proportion of Tihar's 12,000 inmates are employed in the prison factories that produce school furniture, file covers for the high court here, biscuits, towels, shoes and mustard oil.

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe

    Convicted criminals working at a bakery unit in Tihar Jail. Tihar inmates are paid Rs 99 a day for eight hours of skilled work, and Rs 70 a day for unskilled work. A quarter of these wages is deducted and directed towards a victims' relief fund.

  • Tihar jail, Convicts, Mustard, Shoe

    Convicts making dresses in Tihar Jail. Minda Furukawa pays 15 per cent more than prison wages, or Rs 113.85 a day, for skilled workers.

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