When Vijai Kumari was convicted of murder — wrongfully, she insists — she was pregnant.
Four months into her life sentence at Lucknow's women's prison in India, she gave birth to her son, Kanhaiya. Instead of raising him in prison, Kumari sent him to live in a series of juvenile homes.
"I sent him away when he got a bit older. It was hard but I was determined. Prison is no place for a young child," she told BBC News.
Every three months, Kanhaiya visited his mother. When he turned 18, he grew determined to see her freed.
BBC News reported that while Kumari had been granted bail on appeal in 1994, her lack of funds — she needed $180 to post bail — left her lost in the system. Her husband had long since abandoned her.
"I thought I'd die in prison," she said of her two decades behind bars. "They told me in there that no-one ever gets out."
"The years passed without anyone coming to help me. But I had faith that my Kanhaiya will get me released just as Lord Krishna got his jailed parents freed,"Read More »from Indian man born in jail bails out mom 19 years later