The Haldwani administration in Uttarakhand has come up with a unique initiative to offer travel enthusiasts who want to experience what it is like to be imprisoned. They said this is also for those visitors who want to spend time removing a problematic astrological alignment from their chart.
And to achieve this, the prison administration in Haldwani, Uttarakhand has devised a unique way to help individuals avoid “bad karma” for a small cost of Rs 500 per night spent in prison.
Part of the former prison is currently being renovated to accommodate ‘tourists’ looking for a real ‘prison experience’.
Not only tourists, but also those whose astrologers have advised them to serve a time in jail to avoid “Bandhan Yog” in horoscopes predicting jail time.
According to a report by The Times of Indiathe Haldwani Prison was built in 1903, and part of it, consisting of the old armory with six staff quarters, which has remained abandoned, is currently used to receive “prison guests”.
“The prison regularly received ‘orders’ from senior officials to allow ‘recommended persons’ to spend a few hours in the prison barracks. These ‘tourist inmates’ are given prison uniforms and food made in the prison kitchen,” Satish Sukhija, the prison director’s deputy prison director told TOI.
“All such cases are mainly of people whose astrologers predict that imprisonment is inevitable according to the planetary positions in their horoscope. We have an abandoned section in the prison that can be developed as a dummy prison to hold such ‘prisoners’ for one night before a nominal amount of Rs 500,” the prison official said.
A Haldwani-based astrologer, Mrityunjay Ojha, said: “When three celestial bodies, including Saturn and Mars, are placed in an unfavorable position in one’s chart or birth chart, it becomes an equation that predicts that the person may face jail time. In such a situation, we usually advise the subject to spend a night in jail and have their meals provided by inmates to avoid the ill effects of planetary positions.”
“I had also previously submitted a proposal on this matter to the Inspector General of Prisons. He not only appreciated it, but even asked me to send him a detailed project report,” Sukhija told TOI.