For ₹500/night, Uttarakhand offers real ‘jail experience’ | India News

DEHRADUN: If your astrologer predicts that planetary positions in your horoscope are not good (bandhan yog) and you are likely to go to jail, do not get anxious. “Remedy” is at hand. The jail administration in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani has come up with a unique idea to help people ward off “bad karma” – for a nominal fee of Rs 500 per night in prison.
The Haldwani prison was built in 1903 and a portion of it comprising the old armoury with six staff quarters, which has remained abandoned, is currently being readied to receive “jail guests”, Satish Sukhija, the prison’s deputy jail superintendent told TOI. He said the jail frequently received “orders” from senior officials to allow “recommended persons” to spend a few hours in the jail barracks. These “tourist inmates” are given prison uniforms and food made in the jail kitchen.
Astrologers too advise one-night jail stays
Work is on at Uttarakhand’s Haldwani prison to convert an abandoned portion of the premises as accommodation for “tourists” looking for a real “jail feel” or those advised by astrologers to spend time in prison to ward off “bandhan yog” in their horoscopes that prophesise a period of incarceration.
“All such cases are mainly of people whose astrologers predict that a jail term is inevitable as per the planetary positions in their horoscope. We have an abandoned portion inside the prison that can be developed as a dummy jail to accommodate such ‘inmates’ for a night for a nominal fee of Rs 500,” the jail official said.
A city-based astrologer, Mrityunjay Ojha, said, “When three celestial bodies, including Saturn and Mars, are placed in an unfavourable position in one’s horoscope or birth chart, it becomes an equation that predicts the person may have to undergo imprisonment. In such a situation, we usually advise the subject to spend a night in jail and have the meal provided to inmates so as to bypass the bad effects of planetary positions.”
“I had moved a proposal regarding the matter earlier too, to the inspector-general of prisons. He (Pushpak Jyoti) not only appreciated it but even asked me to send him a detailed project report,” Sukhija said.