Befriending books behind bars

Published: September 20, 2012
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GUJRANWALA: Mohammed Hanif, a resident of Wadala Sandhuan Gujranwala is currently serving time in prison for murder. To kill time in jail, he turned to books and as a result cleared his Matric and FA exams. When it came to BA, he surprised everyone by scoring 512 marks. 

Hanif said that if he had been educated, he would have probably not committed the crime in the first place. He is thankful that books have enabled him to find the right path and he will not go back to his old ways.

His teacher, Tanveer Jamal, also serving time in prison, said he is happy that his contribution could help people like Hanif find a direction.

Authorities at Gujranwala Central Jail stated that the atmosphere in the jail is conducive to those who want to acquire an education and start a fresh life, once they leave the prison bars.

Currently, there are 50 convicts who have appeared for their Matric exam, 20 for FA and two who have given their BA exam.

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  • ahmed41
    Sep 20, 2012 - 8:28PM

    Great idea ! When Kiran Bedi was the IG of PRISONS she introduced measures by which prisoners could study through the INDIRA GANDHI NATIONAL OPEN UNIVERSITY

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  • Toba Alu
    Sep 21, 2012 - 10:44AM

    Excellent approach. Only a pity that you first have to commit a crime to get a proper education. Free education for 5 to 16 years old is embedded in the law, isn’t it.

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