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Know How Children Of Odisha Jail Inmates Celebrate Safe Diwali


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07 November 2018

Bikash Das


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Bhubaneswar: When other children are lucky enough to celebrate the Festival of Lights amid their respective family members as well as near and dear, these children of the jail inmates from across Odisha feel at home with their Madhuramayee Parivar here. They are never let down whenever any festive occasion comes as they equally celebrate with the same gusto and fervour, but with caution.

Accordingly, the children of the jail inmates celebrated a safe and happy Diwali with their Madhuramayee Parivar here.

Madhuramayee Parivar member and Capital High School student Lizarani Behera said, “We celebrate Diwali every year. These brothers visit us every year and distribute among us sweets, biscuits and items. We have dance programme, song competition etc. We light lamps and celebrate Diwali. All of us spend delightful moments.”

Another member of Madhuramayee Parivar and Utkal University student Tirendra Meher said, “They all not only come on the festive occasions to celebrate with us, but also help us during our other needs like study materials, game and sports. They help us a lot. Even though we’re parentless here, they are like our parents, friends, guides and philosophers. We are feeling extremely happy.”

“As crackers have been banned for curbing noise and air pollution, we are also least interested in bursting crackers. We wish to welcome Diwali by lighting lamps,” remarked the sensible boy of Madhuramayee Parivar. Bhubaneswar Bhimtangi-based Little Home Trust member Mamata Swain said, “The children here are without parents. Hence, we came to celebrate Diwali with them. We offered them some eatables. Our aim and objective is to make them feel at home and amid family members on this special occasion. As the government has banned crackers and we didn’t want to take risk, we desisted from it.”

A social worker from Bhimtangi area Kamakshi Das said, “We celebrate Diwali with our family members. But the children who are parentless, we wished to share our happiness with them on this occasion. We have come here with some snacks. We could have brought some crackers but as it has been banned we didn’t. Despite that these small children are very happy.”

Samarpita Social Foundation Trust founder secretary Sadashiba Jena said, “We have attempted to make these children happy on this occasion. For this noble purspose, our volunteers have saved money from their respective expenditure which they would have spent on crackers.”

“Let’s not burst crackers and pollute the environment. Better to make these kids happy,” he exhorted.

In her reactions, Madhuramayee head Niroja Laxmi Mohapatra said, “These are the children of the parents who are convicted with life imprisonment and lodged in several jails across Odisha. These children thus got deprived of festive occasions. Hence, our Madhurmayee Parivar celebrates here all the festivals and Deepavali is one among them. Our intention is that they should know all our culture and tradition.”

“Due to the ban, the children here will let loose only ‘Akash Deepa’. Also light lamps and enjoy feasting. The ban is a very good decision. It is not only polluting the environment, but also the noxious smoke emitted harms the respiratory system. It will also cause several diseases among our children. In the previous years, our children used to burn ‘jharjhari’. We have prohibited our children from that too this year,” she informed.

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Lizarani Behera, Inmate, Madhuramayee, Bhubaneswar

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Tirendra Meher, Inmate, Madhuramayee, Bhubaneswar

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Mamata Swain, Member, Little Home Trust, Bhimatangi, Bhubaneswar

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Kamakshi Das, Social Worker, Bhimatangi, Bhubaneswar

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Sadashiba Jena, Secretary, Samarpita Social Foundation Trust, Bhubaneswar

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Niraja Laxmi Mohapatra, Head, Madhuramayee, Bhubaneswar