Sangareddy Jail Museum: Malaysian duo pay ₹500 each to 'feel the jail'. Kenny Ng, a dentist by profession and his friend Kelvin Ong, a restaurant owner, from Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia hailed their jail stay as a memorable experience and claimed that they will recommend the trip to their friends back home.
Peace is a rare entity in a fast moving world but is your quest for peace so strong that you can even land in jail. Well, a Malaysian duo has done so. Kenny Ng, a dentist by profession and his friend Kelvin Ong, a restaurant owner, from Kuala Lumpur of Malaysia were addicted to cellphones. However, their jail stay helped them get over their addiction. Notably, the duo wasn’t in the jail due to any wrong-doing but they paid for it. Yes! you heard it right. The Malaysian duo who love to travel was browsing the Internet for adventure trips when they stumbled upon the Sangareddy Heritage Jail and Museum in Telangana that offers visitors the opportunity to experience a jail-like atmosphere. And interestingly, after the ‘Feel the Jail’ experience, the duo claimed that their stay at the old jail in the district headquarters of Sangareddy was unique and unparalleled, anywhere in the world.
Kenny and Kelvin (prisoner number 46 and 47 respectively) hailed their stay at the jail as a memorable experience of seclusion. “The peace and oneness with myself I experienced inside the cell for two days without mobile phones, books or any other distraction will remain with me for a long time,’’ Kenny was quoted as saying by The Indian Express. They paid ₹500 per day (each) for the jail experience. Immediately after their ‘arrest’, the duo had to submit their cell-phones to the jail warden. Initially, it felt awkward but later the two felt no urge to check their phones. During their experience, they slept on the ground, watered plants, ate the same food which other jail inmates had, among others.
In all, the two spent 1,600 Ringets (Rs 26,500), including prison charges of Rs 500 per person per night, on their trip to India, as per the report. They left for home satisfied and thrilled and claimed that they will suggest for this experience to all their friends back home.
The facility to ‘Feel the Jail’ was introduced in September 2016 after the old jail premises were converted into a museum. As per the report, the jail has been witnessing prisoners-by-choice ever since. However, there have been instances where people feel the urge to move out of the jail before their scheduled time. Thereby, a fine of Rs 500 has been now kept on such prisoners who demand to leave early after being locked up voluntarily.