Telangana's Sangareddy Old Jail complex lets you spend a day inside a jail like a real prisoner for Rs. 500/day. Two Malaysians checked out of the jail only today. Two friends, dentist Kenny Ng and restaurateur Kelvin Ong from Malaysia's Selangor, spent the weekend (48 hours) in Sangareddy's Old Jail museum as part of its 'Feel the Jail' program.
The duo, who wanted to experience "prison life", found out about the scheme online three months ago, got in touch with jail superintendent Santosh Rai and are now in India on a five-day tour. Originally Sangareddy District Central Jail, it's located in Medak district, 70km from Hyderabad. Spread over three acres and nine barracks, it was built by the Nizams in 1796 and converted into a museum in September 2016.
Initiated by prison's deputy SP Lakshmi Narasimha, the 'Feel the Jail' program aims to dissuade people from taking to crime by letting them experience its horrific outcomes. For an authentic feel, tourist prisoners are treated like real jail inmates. They are given a uniform, an aluminium plate, a steel mug, basic bedding and prison-made soap. If interested in living inside the heritage jail for a day or more, you need to inform the administration at least a day in advance. So far, 47 people have availed the novel scheme.
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