The jail administration in Haldwani, Uttarakhand is ruling the internet with various trends around its decision to allow tourists to have real jail experience. Yes, you read that right. If you are a social media buff, you might have come across the news already. Haldwani jail administration is soon going to allow tourists to pay 500 INR to spend a night in a real jail. This idea sounds exciting and is equally unique.
The abandoned parts of the Haldwani prison are being developed to accommodate “tourists” who want to experience what a night in jail feels like or even for those advised by astrologers. “All such cases are mainly of people whose astrologers predict that a jail term is inevitable,” a jail official shared.
Satish Sukhija, the prison’s deputy jail superintendent, told Times Of India, “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.”
He also added, “I had moved a proposal regarding the matter earlier too, to the inspector-general of prisons. He not only appreciated it but even asked me to send him a detailed project report.”
This unique concept of paid real jail experience is not only exciting and great to attract tourism, but also is a great solution for people affected by ‘Bandhan Yog’ in their kundali.
“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 ₹ 500,” the jail official said.
A Haldwani-based astrologer, Mrityunjay Ojha, also commented on the same and 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 their meals provided by inmates so as to bypass the bad effects of planetary positions.”
The jail in Haldwani was built almost 100 years ago and due to low maintenance, some parts of the jail, and its six staff quarters have now been prepared to welcome jail guests.