Vrindavan, 2017.10.22 (VT): On Bhaiya Dooj, men who are incarcerated in Mathura’s local jail were allowed to receive visits from their sisters. On this day, brothers and sisters traditionally meet to perform religious rituals and exchange their affection. From 8am to 5pm the jail made special arrangements for sisters to meet their jailed brothers.
About 1,500 women showed up to apply tilak to their brothers’ foreheads and feed them sweets. Muslim women were also given the special opportunity to meet their brothers despite it being a Hindu holiday. Extra security personnel were stationed at the scene while the jail’s superintendent Shailendra Kumar Maitre and jailkeeper Arvind Pandey monitored the happenings to make sure the event ran smoothly.
A 2011 study by the Minnesota Department of Corrections shows that prisoners who received at least one visit by friends or family at any time during their prison term were 13 percent less likely to commit another felony. They were also 25 percent less likely to return to prison on a parole violation. The study also showed that the more visits a prisoner received, the less likely he or she was to commit another crime after being released.