Voices of Transformation in Jind’s District Jail

Voices of Transformation in Jind’s District Jail

INDIA: In the heart of Haryana’s small industrial town of Jind, four inmates—Jai Bhagwan, Sunil, Kuldeep, and Anil—share two significant things in common. They are all incarcerated in District Jail, Jind, and they serve as radio jockeys for Tinka Jail Radio, a unique initiative that is transforming lives within the prison walls. Jind’s District Jail is one of 13 jails in Haryana equipped with its own radio station, a beacon of hope in a state with 20 jails in total.

These four men arrived in prison at different times, each with varied educational backgrounds and no prior experience in radio. Like many inmates, they initially struggled with depression and the challenge of filling endless, empty hours. However, their introduction to Tinka Jail Radio marked the beginning of a remarkable transformation.

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Jail radio has given them a constructive way to spend their time, channeling their energies into creative endeavors. It has not only provided them with a meaningful activity but also helped them gain a respectable identity within the jail. Moreover, it has offered a platform to showcase and hone their singing talents. In a recent episode of Tinka Jail Radio, broadcast on YouTube on June 10, 2024, these inmates shared how the radio station has helped them make friends and find solace. This episode was aptly aired on National Friendship Day.

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“When I came to the jail, I found the atmosphere unsettling. I did not know anyone. Gradually, I started making friends. The introduction of Tinka Jail Radio helped me to have new friends in the jail,” Jai Bhagwan, an inmate, radio jockey, and singer, remarked during the episode.

For Jai Bhagwan and his fellow inmates, the jail radio has become a trustworthy companion and a vital communication platform. It has immense potential to positively impact their lives, providing a sense of connection and community.

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Kuldeep, another inmate who joined the jail in July 2023, as an undertrial, shared his experience: “I was not able to adjust myself to the new environment until I was acquainted with Tinka Jail Radio. I have made friends with Jai Bhagwan and many others. Now, I sing on the jail radio and feel better than before” .

Launched on January 1, 2023, Jail Radio in Haryana aims to motivate inmates towards literacy and education, enhance their creative skills, reduce depression, and foster a positive prison environment. Broadcasting for five hours each day, the content on Tinka Jail Radio focuses on education, information, and entertainment, creating a comprehensive and uplifting experience for its listeners.

The success of Tinka Jail Radio in Jind’s District Jail highlights the power of creative engagement and human connection. It proves that even in the most challenging circumstances, initiatives like jail radio can nurture hope and facilitate personal growth. Jai Bhagwan, Sunil, Kuldeep, and Anil’s stories are testaments to the transformative potential of this program, showing that with the right support, inmates can find purpose and build meaningful lives, even behind bars.

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  • Dr. Vartika NandaDr. Vartika Nanda

    An Indian prison reformer and a media educator. With her experience of the industry and academia, she has dedicated her life to the cause of prison reform. She is a recipient of Stree Shakti Puraskar, the highest civilian honor for female empowerment in India and entered Limca Book of Records twice.

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