Madurai: A life convict lodged at the Salem Central prison can continue to meet his aged mother in jail thanks to the intervention of the Madras High Court bench here which restrained the prison department from shifting him to the Tiruchirappalli central prison.
The 38-year-old prisoner, C Sekar, had moved the court challenging the move to shift him out of the Salem prison arguing that his ailing mother (71), would not be able to meet him frequently in distant Tiruchirappalli.
Taking a humanitarian view of the issue, Justice K K Sasidharan observed that "prisoners are not born criminals. Prisons should become reform house and the prison authorities should not adopt an attitude that once a prisoner always a prisoner."
Stating that the mother`s visits will only give moral support to the prisoner, the judge said the matter needed consideration by the Additional Director General of Prisons at Chennai. The judge directed the authorities to consider the matter and pass appropriate orders, until which
Sekar will be confined at the Salem prison.