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Woman prisoner lady is busy knitting caps for children. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Landscape of a women’s section inside Mardan Central Prison. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Male prisoner made this prayer mat, commonly known as Janemaz in Pakistan. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Young girls decorated this mirror with small colorful beads. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Ladies knitted this Holy book “Qur’an” covered with wool. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Indicators toward Women, Juvenile Sections and hospital inside prison. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Woman prisoner is about to start her handicraft work with beats. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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One old prisoner is knitting this small woolen shirt for babies. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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This woman prisoner loves making tissue boxes with the help of pearls and beads.
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One of a young prisoner girl doing embroidery on fabric. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Some women knitted these covers for their water cooler.
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Key chains and drawstrings made by prisoners. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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A table and a chair, made by a female prisoner. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Some prisoners used these colorful papers to decorate their walls. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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An elderly woman prisoner makes a hand band. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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Prisoners watching television. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
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A policewoman inspecting a section. (AN photo by Saba Rehman)
Updated 14 April 2018

Female prisoners give time to handicrafts

Mardan Central Prison is considered the largest, capacity-wise, in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province. It holds more than 1,720 prisoners, including some 70 women.
The prison is divided into three sections: juvenile (under 18), women and men. A few women have their children with them behind bars. 
Women prisoners spend their time making handicrafts including girly accessories such as bangles, decorating mirrors and pens, table runners, charts for hanging and tissue boxes, and knitting girls’ woolen shirts and sweaters as well. Some ladies make drawstrings and doing embroidery on fabric.
A few of them were knitting covers for their water cooler to prevent dust, and also designing covers for the Qur’an. The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa prison service is quite flexible in allowing women prisoners to make these handicrafts. Some prisoners see this activity as something to pass the time, while some do it to earn money and make gifts for each other. 
These prisoners also have sports facilities, watch television, and some have radios. They also have hot and cold water available.