Music to soothe the criminal soul

Mon Jan 12, 2009 1:59am EST
 
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PATNA, India (Reuters Life!) - Gangsters, murderers and other hardened criminals imprisoned in an eastern Indian state are being played soothing classical music daily to help soften them up.

"We are hopeful this special musical treat will indeed end the jail monotony and soften the hardened attitude of criminals," Bihar state Prisoners Welfare Officer Jai Prakash Das told Reuters.

The music, mainly classical Indian, is played for four hours a day from loudspeakers installed in various locations in the prison.

Bihar is one of the most lawless states in India, where some jails have also undertaken yoga and spiritual classes for the uplift of prisoners.

(Writing by by Alistair Scrutton; editing by Krittivas Mukherjee and Miral Fahmy)