Project to empower widows, women prisoners in Haryana jails launched

Chandigarh, Dec 23 (IANS) A project to empower widows and women prisoners in Haryana jails was launched on Friday from the Central Prison in Haryana’s Ambala city.

The project, initiated by UN accredited global NGO, Loomba Foundation, will help widows and women prisoners in 19 district prisons in Haryana to learn skills while in prison and utilise their time in a better way.

Haryana Health and Sports Minister Anil Vij launched the project, which has been launched with the Haryana Prisons department and the state government.

Founder and Chairman Trustee of the Loomba Foundation, Lord Raj Loomba said that the project will empower 1,000 widows and women prisoners in all district prisons of Haryana.

Lord Loomba CBE, Founder and Chairman Trustee of the Foundation, travelled from London to be present at the launch together with Trustee, Balbir Singh Kakar who raised funds for this project at a concert in New Delhi.

“The Loomba Foundation intends to do this project with the sole purpose of helping the prison inmates use their time constructively during their stay in prison and to make them learn some skills which will eventually help them on their release from prison. The inmates will not only be trained to have vocational skills, but various aspects of personal development as well as value education would be equally emphasised,” Lord Loomba said.