The country’s largest and most overcrowded prison complex open its gates to tourists and those who wish to pay ₹500 and spend a day behind bars. The Tihar jail administration has given ‘Feel The Jail’ name to this project.
The jail administration is making four cells for the visitors, which will have facilities like TV, LED lights, fans, newspaper, washroom. There will be also a park outside for morning walk. As far as safety is concerned, visitors will be kept away from hardened criminals. The guests will be served food prepared by prisoners only.
The officer said they conceived the idea last year after receiving several requests to visit the prison via mails. Another jail officer, who did not wish to be named, said there were many requests from people of other countries too. “There is a curiosity about life inside Tihar prison. There were many families from outside Delhi who wrote emails wishing to visit the jail. The facility could be part of Delhi Tourism. Most probably, the booking will be made online through the Delhi Tourism website.
The Telangana government had started a similar programme in 2016. The tourist there did not share the walls with the prisoners. A 220-year-old jail at Sangareddy, which had been converted into a museum in June 2016, was opened for visitors as part of the state government’s tourism drive for ₹500 per day.