In an attempt to inspire forest bandits to surrender, a central Indian state is building family quarters in prisons where ageing bandits can live with their wives and children. Jail authorities in the state of Madhya Pradesh say the plan is aimed at inmates with a record of good behaviour. Ravi Gupta, police chief of the district of Morena, in the Chambal region, said the move targeted the notorious bandits of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. 'Most [bandits] of the region have got scores of murder, kidnapping and robbery cases against each of them. Since capital punishment is rare, they have to spend long years in jails if they surrender or get captured,' said Mr Gupta. About 25 gangs with about 300 members, who are now mostly involved in abducting people for ransom, still operate in the two states. They are blamed for more than 4,000 kidnappings and 180 murders in the past five years. Often the bandit leaders abduct girls from urban areas and villages and force them to live with them. 'We hope these family prisons will lure at least some of those middle-aged [bandits] and their younger women partners to surrender.' said Ranjan Thakur, a police officer in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh.