Nawazuddin Siddiqui: Prison inmates should not be ostracized for life
Bollywood actor Nawazuddin Siddiqui has said that inmates of correctional homes might have committed some fault at one stage of their lifetime, only that was a past phase.
At once the yard birds are ready to turn a fresh phase in their lives after reform and involved in professions ranging from stitching contemporary dresses for the public under a reputed fashion designing label to preparing dough and cakes at confectionery units.
"Their present work is functioning to gear up an example for the remainder of the country," the 'Bajrangi Bhaijaan' actor said during a sojourn to the Presidency Correctional Home in the city yesterday.
Nawazuddin came there at the invitation of the potencies of the Presidency Correctional Home and fashion designer Abhisek Dutta, who had selected him as the show-stopper for his collection in the 'Bangalore Fashion Show' last week.
"Yes, at a certain moment of your lifetime you had pulled a dangerous crime. You're making a mistake. But you are making amends to get (back) to the mainstream.
And when you break out after release, everyone will be proud of you for your acquired skill in different fields," Nawazuddin told the inmates when he was packed around their shop.
Nawazuddin was gifted a Nehru jacket stitched by the convicts.
"It is an invaluable gift. I will save it as a special memento," he sounded out and wore the brown/beige jacket, made of cotton with print patterns and fashionable pocket zippers.
Nawazuddin, who was literally mobbed by over 2000 inmates, signed autographs on the chits of inmates and jail officials.
Director General & Inspector General of Correctional Services, West Bengal Arun Kumar Gupta and other senior jail officials accompanied the player as he moved about the premises.Nawazuddin, who had also turned up in Buddhadev Dasgupta's 'Anwar Ka Ajab Kissa', came to the city for promotion of Hindi flick 'Babumoshai Bandookbaaz'.