Children languishing with their mothers in Chitwan prison

- BIMAL KHATIWADA, CHITWAN
Children languishing with their mothers in Chitwan prison

Jun 1, 2014-

Without having anyone to look after them or educate them, the children of two mothers languishing in Chitwan prison have had to live in the premises.

The four-year old son of an inmate has been living with his mother for the past year with his mother. Rita Gole, 25, of Phakhel in Makawanpur, was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of murdering her husband. Without having anyone to look after the son except her aging mother-in-law, she said she had no option but to keep him with her. “I cannot even afford to enroll my son in school,” Gole said, lamenting on the fact that the son is serving punishment for a crime he has not committed. She said there is absolutely no environment for her son to engage in studies inside the prison, hoping for someone to come along and send him to school.

Likewise, Samjhana Lama of Piple VDC in Chitwan is serving her sentence in prison with her seven-month-old son for the past 11 months. Convicted of robbery, Lama is sentenced to six years in jail. While her husband is at the Makawanpur prison, Lama gave birth to the child inside the prison premises. “It is not possible to send my son away since he is very small,” she sighed. She, however, said that she is worried about her son’s future, and plans to send her son to his grandparents soon.

Women prisoners have continuously asked help from outside to arrange schooling for the two children.

The prison chief Cholakanta Pokharel said the law compels mothers in prison to keep their children under their purview for the first two year after birth. Pokharel said the prison administration would be glad to release the kids if someone come forward to take their responsibility but they have not had any such offers for the children.

Published: 02-06-2014 11:45

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