In pictures: Preparing women in India for life after prison

Gayatri is serving 20 years in prison, India

Gayatri

Trained in beauty parlour related work by FPAI

Gayatri, 20, was implicated in the murder of her boyfriend and is two years into a 20-year prison sentence at Gwalior District Jail.

She received beauty parlour related training, a skills building initiative run by the Family Planning Association of India (FPAI) in six locations across India.

"I was really interested in beauty parlour because I was learning something new. It was good that they trained us. When I leave I'll be able to start my own parlour."

Gayatri, Inmate at Gwalior District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India

Mariam

Trained in mechanics and textiles by FPAI

"Initially, I didn’t want to learn new skills as these things are not encouraged back home.

I’ve now trained as a mechanic and done other courses in sewing and block printing. When I get released, I will use these skills to earn a living."

Mariam is currently serving a 10-year prison sentence.

Mariam, Inmate atIndore District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Aditi Chaturvedi

Superintendent of Indore District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India

"I think if you prepare them for everything, if you make them financially stable, or give them a healthy living, once they are out they’ll be able to take care of themselves - whether the family accepts them or not."

Aditi Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Indore District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India

Beauty training

Gwalior District Jail

Women attend a beauty training course run by the Family Planning Association of India, in Gwalior District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India.

Women attend a beauty training workshop run by Family Planning Association of India, in Gwalior District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India

Anjana

Trained in textiles & beauty parlour related work by FPAI

"I know how to stitch and have learnt beauty parlour related work. Since I have these skills I will earn and feed myself and be able to live with my children."

Anjana is currently serving a 20-year prison sentence.

Women attend a beauty training workshop in Gwalior District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India

Beauty training

Gwalior District Jail

Women at the Gwalior District Jail practise their beauty training skills. The Family Planning Association of India runs training programmes across 6 locations in India and have trained over 768 women.

Women attend a beauty training workshop in Gwalior District Jail, Madhya Pradesh, India