A young boy from Rajasthan has scripted history by preparing for IIT entrance exams while staying with his father in an 8×8 feet cell in an open jail in Kota for almost two years because he did not have money for the hostel fee. The victim is proud of his son’s unique success.
Peeyush Meena, son of Phoolchand, has secured the 453th 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 to earn a living. Much against his father’s wishes, Peeyush shifted to the jail in July 2014.
After convincing my relatives and friends for months, I could arrange Rs 1 lakh, which was not enough to cover even the coaching fees,” said Phoolchand to TOI, 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 lowly paid job of a medical store helper.
Recounting his experience in jail, Peeyush said, “Initially, it wasn’t easy to study 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 would never enter the cell before 4 am,” Peeyush said.
It is easiest to give up and surrender in the face of hardships, but those who tackle the hardships head-on are the real heroes.