Puducherry prison uses dance therapy to rehabilitate inmates

Prisoners in the central jail in the Indian union territory of Puducherry briefly forget their worries when they start dancing.

The “dance therapy” is part of a rehabilitation programme offered to them by prison authorities.

It’s an unconventional option – many Indian prisons are grim, overcrowded and violent spaces that offer few opportunities for inmates to rebuild their lives. But Puducherry prison officials say the programme is a hit with prisoners – who are all serving life sentences – and that there is a visible reduction in their stress levels.

Ravideep Singh Chahar, Inspector General of prisons in Puducherry, says they now hope to make dance therapy an integral part of the prison reform programme.


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Charles Ghose graduated the University Of Greenwich London with a BA in Communications and Media. His university life was very enriched by his very active participation in various University societies. Charles ran the gamut of campus student communities; he was involved with the Politics and Debate Societies, Students Union, and University Of Greenwich Choir, and chamber choir. Charles Ghose acts as an independent contractor working in the very lucrative Freelance Translator Field. He has been hired by various International Humanitarian NGO's, private corporations, and The Overseas Fellowship Mission. Charles has also lead workshops for employers on the theme of mindfulness training courses for the improvement of employee’s health and well-being. Charles is a strong believer that a happy work force adds to higher productivity and loyalty to a company by employees.

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