This one is a most interesting news coming from India. Apparently a high police official somewhere there misbehaved some and was recently sentenced to 18 months in jail… As it turns out his particular prison encourages inmates to practice … Laughter Yoga every morning! The impact? “He rarely smiled in the initial days”, jail source said. A fellow inmate said: “He looked very grim the first few days. But with the yoga sessions, he has come to terms with his fate.” Here is the full article:
Chandigarh Former director general of police S P S Rathore is practicing in Burail Jail the virtues of an old proverb — health is wealth.
With a long haul ahead, a maximum of 18 months for molesting teenager Ruchika Girhotra 20 years ago, the former Haryana top cop begins his day with an hour of yoga with his new jailbird friend Baba Pritpal Singh. Singh is cooling his heels here in a land grab case.
The former cop is out of bed at 7 am. After yoga, he joins his friend for laughter and clapping sessions, followed by some deep breathing. The two then head off for breakfast which is four slices of bread and tea. Rathore eats only two slices, conscious of his ‘frail heart’.
He is careful at lunch and dinner too — eating only two of the six chapatis served to him. Rathore has not ventured so far towards the jail canteen and prefers to eat what the authorities serve him. The occasional treat is brought by his wife and counsel Abha Rathore, who visits him regularly. She brought him fruits this Monday.
He has been in jail for 26 days now and is waiting for June 29 when his revision petition will come up for hearing.
Jail sources said Rathore has discontinued a regular pastime — walking — since Monday when two groups of convicts clashed inside the jail. Jail authorities said he now rarely comes out of his barrack, spending time reading newspapers and magazines and even chanting mantras.
Rathore is also spared from making furniture — the jail vocation for those convicted and sentenced here. Reason: his age and his heart, jail sources said.
Otherwise, the former top cop has clawed back a semblance of his composure. He rarely smiled in the initial days, jail source said. A fellow inmate said: “He looked very grim the first few days. But with the yoga sessions, he has come to terms with his fate. He is very close to Baba Pritpal Singh and does not interact much with the others. The scorching heat also keeps him indoors.” Rathore, they said, sleeps on the floor.
Read more about this case here.