Monday, 26 March, 2012

A magical respite at Kannur Central Prison

Magical call for eye donation marks
historic success

Kannur: Those who had blindly committed crimes and got imprisoned at the Kannur Central Prison were recently led to a world of virtuous sights. Thanks to magician Gopinath Muthukad’s yet another meaningful demonstration that also inspired the inmates and staffs of the prison to donate their eyes.
On the occasion of the valedictory ceremony of the jail day celebrations, he presented an act that sent radiant messages against evils of alcohol, tobacco and drug abuse.
Eye opener
Mr. Muthukad’s suggestion of including an eye donation campaign among inmates and staffs of the jail proved a historic success. The magician, to endorse his idea, did perform a magic item, too. Perfectly blindfolded, he used a precariously sharp knife to precisely cut a fruit that was resting on the body of a prison inmate who volunteered on the stage. After the demonstration, he told the prisoners: “Leave your body in the prison. Open your eyes and look around. Let your minds fly away and gather as much love as it can. Then it is your liberation into an admirable new life”. Receiving well the magician’s call, over 100 prisoners including Soumya rape and murder case convict Govinda Chami, who is one among the four death row inmates; and around 150 jail staff readily submitted their willingness to donate eyes. A mass pledging of eyes by prison inmates was for the first time in history, according to jail authorities.
Earlier the programme was inaugurated by the Agriculture Minister, K.P. Mohanan. Dignitaries including the District Panchayat President, K.A. Sarala; Puzhathi Panchayath President, C. Radhakrishnan; Jail DIG, K. Radhakrishnan; Superintendent, Sivadas K. Thaiparambil; Welfare Officer, K.V. Mukesh among others spoke on the occasion. Eye donation consent documents were received by director of the Comtrust Eye Hospital, Dr. Sreeni Ayikon.

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