Would you ever consider staying in jail? Well, now you can and that too for 500 rupees!
As part of the “Feel the Jail” initiative, Sangareddy jail in Medak district of Telangana is now open for tourists. A person can spend 24 hours here and know what it feels like to be a prisoner.
Sounds easy? Okay, this is not for you, all your property will be taken away and yes it includes your very dear smartphone and all the connectivity it provides. Instead, you Prison uniforms, basic cutlery, toiletries and no freedom will be granted (pun intended!)
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24 hour rule Waking up at 6 in the morning, going for the march and tasting the “food of the prison”. Thankfully, tea is served, but it is just the amount of luxury you get. While spending time as an open air prisoner, there will be no such tasks as breaking rocks but you will be expected to clean your barracks and plant an occasional plant. Finally, dinner is served at 6 pm and the lights go out at 9 pm just like in the movies!
But the catch here is, it’s not boring like the movies! According to Jail Superintendent Santosh Kumar Rai, “30 percent of the prisoners suddenly get out of fear and for those who do so, we charge an additional fee of INR 500. But for those who complete the entire 24 hours, Walk out with a new sense of freedom ”.
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The Sangareddy prison was built in the year 1796 (during the Nizam’s rule). But after being in service for nearly 216 years, in 2012 the prisoners were transferred to a new district jail. This heritage building was converted into a museum in 2016 to highlight the development of the prison over time. The jail seems to have been started to promote the cause and so far 45 people have been reported here as prisoners (including two foreign nationals from Malaysia).
So if you are planning your next adventure or want to go antisocial or experience the lives of prisoners and what freedom really indicates, this is it! And it’s cheap for 500 rupees!