Murderer’s son lives in prison, cracks JEE
A murder convict’s son has scripted an extraordi nary success story by preparing for IIT ent rance exams while stay ing with his father in an 8×8 feet cell in an open ja il in Kota for almost two years because he did not have money for the hos tel fee. Peeyush Meena son of convict Phoolchand, has secured 453 rank (ST Category) in JEE-Advanced results.
Open jail rules not only permit family members to stay with the convict but the latter can also go out daily for earning a living. Much against his father’s wishes, Peeyush shif ted to the jail in July 2014. “I required `2 lakh, which included coaching and hostel fees. After convincing my relatives and friends for months, I could arrange `1 lakh, which was not enough to cover even the coaching fees,“ said Phoolchand, a former government teacher. A former teacher, Phoolchand tried for a job in private schools to fulfil his son’s IIT dreams. But his being a convict was an obstacle, forcing him to settle for the low paying job of a medical store helper.
Recounting his experience in the jail, Peeyush said, “It wasn’t easy to study in the beginning as an open jail has strict rules.“ For instance, lights were turned off in the cells at 11 pm. “I used to study in the dim light coming through the window. The room was so small that my father would spend time outside the cell until I completed my target for the day . He could never enter the cell before 4am,“ Peeyush said.
The small size of the cell did not allow his mother to stay with them. “My father is not a good cook. I wish my mother could also have stayed with us,“ said Peeyush, who is eyeing the civil engineering stream. He said, “I never told anyone that I live in prison and that I am the son of a convict. But now, I would tell everyone that my father has done something which has no parallel in the world. My sole aim is to give him a better life after his jail term.“ Phoolchand has spent 12 years in jail and has to complete two more years of his term.
dinathanthi newspaper 30/06/2016 : http://www.dinathanthiepaper.in/firstpage.aspx