My children... as and when you remember & My children in Prison...
if and when you forget.
In Cages, is a book on mother and child living in Indian Prisons.
In India, a woman prisoner can keep her child, with her in prison,
till the child reaches the age of five. It throws light, on the
emotional aspect, where mother and child, in Indian prisons are
concerned. I have visited prisons in India and interacted with numerous
women inmates and their children. The book reveals the prison conditions,
insecurities, trials, joys, hopes and dreams that women inmates
feel and share with their children.
with prisoners, children, social workers, prison authorities and
lawyers, make for a very interesting read and a deep emotional experience.
I, with tenderness and humour, take my readers on a journey, that
touches the soul and leaves one frequently with an ache in the heart
and tears in the eyes.
In early 1994, as the Chief Editor, Pune Tribune, I read a Press
clipping, about mother and their children in Yerwada Prison. For
a While, I thought it was a printing error. I couldn't believe that
children stayed in prison, and had to obey all the rules and regulations
that were applicable to their imprisoned mothers. But what really
disturbed me was the thought, that after they reached the age of
five, they would be separated from their mother.
spending five intimate years, day and night together, and then being
separated...who knows...maybe forever, affected my very being. Anyway,
life moved on. Sometimes, the image of mother and child in prison
would surface in my mind, but for a fleeting moment, to be wiped
out by the ground realities of my life. A few years back, periodically,
my mind would drift to that news clipping. I remember I had edited
and published that small news item, but obviously, somewhere in
the soil of my sub-conscious, the seeds for this book and the documentary
had been sowed. I assumed that by writing the book and directing
the film, the image of mother and child, would be exorcised. I couldn't
have been further from the truth. It has been a long journey, but
something tells me, that it has only just begun. I hope, this journey,
to want to make a difference, no matter what...begins for you too.
book focuses... on the plight of neglected and often forgotten mothers,
who find themselves in Indian Prisons, many not even convicted,
but merely awaiting trial. Whatever they may have done or are accused
of doing, these women remain human beings like the rest of us, concerned
for their families and children and seeking affection and solace
themselves. I hope this book, Shadows In Cages, will inspire more
individuals to help others in trouble, who can no longer easily
help themselves. - His Holiness The Dalai Lama.
Inspector General, prisons, Tihar Jail, I observed what a disaster
it was to have children living with their mothers, in prisons, that
lacked virtually everything which was required for a healthy childhood.
Ruzbeh's work is original and an expose of a serious concern. Locked
behind the high walls, (almost) inaccessible to the community, his
work will help stir the insensitive and the sensitive, alike, to
be proactive in piercing through the walls. He writes from the heart
and Shadows In Cages is a labour of love. - Dr. Kiran Bedi.
the story of the pain and anguish that mother and child suffer in
Indian prisons. Their misery has been captured by Ruzbeh N Bharucha
in his book Shadows in Cages, which looks at the "emotional aspect"
of the mother-and-child in Indian prisons as they live through insecurities,
joy, hope and dreams. Shadows in Cages reveals the prison conditions,
provides interviews with prisoners, children and social workers
in the sector and takes the reader through an emotional journey
of life and its pain - THE HINDU.
on the accounts of women and children in prisons such as Yerwada
in Pune, Tihar Jail in New Delhi and prisons in Haryana and Srinagar,
the book deals with real life inmates and the day-to-day life of
their children behind bars - SUNDAY MID-DAY.
book undoubtedly shakes the reader deep inside and is presented
in a very impressive and a tender manner. - DAINIK TRIBUNE.