The Parappana Agrahara prison in Bangalore has an unusual problem. The prisoners like the food so much that they don't want to leave! The prison is crowded with 4,700 prisoners, which is double the proper amount.
Young offenders are also saying they are older so they can go into the adult prison.
The reason is the healthy food served by ISKCON, or the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, a Hindu organization.
ISKCON, commonly known as the Hare Krishna movement, started serving its pure-vegetarian food in the jail on May 21 under contract from the prisons department.
Lunch and dinner typically include piping hot rice, two vegetables and a spicy lentil dish called sambar, and buttermilk. A dessert is added on festival days and national holidays like Independence Day, and also once a week.
"When we are getting tasty, nutritious food three times a day here, why should we go out and commit crimes?" asked prisoner Raja Reddy, who has been arrested 20 times in 30 years for theft, robbery and burglary.
1. vegetarian adj.
素食的 (su4 shi2 de5)
例: I follow a vegetarian diet.
2. national holiday n. phr.
國定假日 (guo2 ding4 jia4 ri4)
例: October 10 is a national holiday in Taiwan.
3. nutritious adj.
營養的 (ying2 yang3 de5)
例: Fruit and vegetables are very nutritious.
4. commit a crime v. phr.
犯罪 (fan4 zui4)
例: People who commit crimes often get in trouble with the police.
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