Wednesday, December 2, 2015


A number of yogic programmes have started in India since its yoga-loving leader Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in May last year - AFP/File / STR
MUMBAI: Prison officers in western India have come up with a novel way for convicts to secure early release — master some yoga poses and pass an exam, an official said Wednesday.
Inmates at Yerwada Central Jail in Maharashtra state can cut their sentences by up to three months if they impress wardens in the ancient Indian practice, said the prison chief responsible for the programme.
“There’s a written and physical exam and those who excel will be given remission with respect to their performance,” Bhushankumar Upadhyay, additional director general of the Maharashtra prison department told AFP.
“We have started the written tests and the practical examination will commence in January. We are going to hold two exams a year and prisoners can get a maximum of three months early release,” he added.
Upadhyay said the programme was aimed at improving their mental and physical wellbeing.

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