Preparations are almost complete for Shabnam to be hanged in Mathura Jail. If the death penalty is carried out, she will be the first woman to be hanged in independent India.
Thirty-eight-year-old Shabnam Ali, a resident of Amroha in Uttar Pradesh, along with her lover had killed seven members of her family.
The Supreme Court upheld his death sentence for this heinous crime and the Indian president has also rejected his mercy plea.
Mathura Jail Superintendent Shailendra Kumar Maitreya told the media that no date has been fixed for Shabnam’s execution but all necessary preparations have been started and Shabnam will be hanged as soon as the death warrant is issued.
The executioner has been called from Meerut, who had hanged the culprits in the Narbhaya case. A special rope has also been ordered for execution from Bihar’s Buxar Jail.
The jail superintendent further said that Pawan Jalad had inspected the gallows several times and suggested some necessary amendments.
In India, only women are executed in Mathura Jail. The gallows was built about 150 years ago, but no one has been hanged there to this day. The condition of this gallows is very bad so it is being fixed.
Shabnam’s death sentence has been upheld by everyone from the lower court to the Supreme Court, and Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has also rejected the mercy petition, but legal experts believe there is still hope.
Supreme Court lawyer Sarthak Chatterjee says Shabnam could file another appeal in the Supreme Court to review the decision. She can file a curative petition. He says no one should be hanged until all legal proceedings are over.
Shabnam’s 12-year-old son Taj also made an emotional appeal to the Indian President, saying, “President Uncle! Please forgive my mother Shabnam. ”
Shabnam, a resident of Bawan Kheri village in Amroha, along with her lover Saleem had killed seven members of her family on the night of April 14, 2008. They included parents, two brothers, a sister-in-law, a cousin and a ten-month-old nephew. Both were arrested a few days after the incident.
Shabnam wanted to marry Saleem but due to social and economic differences, Shabnam’s family was not ready for her. Shabnam has an MA in two subjects and was a teacher in one school while Saleem has only a middle school pass and used to work as a day labourer. Shabnam was two months pregnant at the time of her arrest. Their son was born in prison. According to Indian law, the son lived with his mother for five years. A man later adopted a child who is now 12 years old and attending a school.
The Supreme Court in its judgment said that the criminals had very cleverly devised a complete plan of murder. Shabnam mixed sleeping pills in the tea after dinner and when everyone was unconscious, she cut off their throats.
Serial killers Two step-sisters, Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit are also awaiting execution. They are accused of abducting 13 children and killing at least five of them.
According to a report by Delhi’s National Law University, more than 750 men have been executed in India since independence. Eight people have been executed in the last two decades.