The Mathura district jail has started preparations to hang a lady for the first time in independent India. Shabnam Ali, 38, was convicted of killing 7 members of her family — her mother, father, two brothers, sister-in-law, cousin and 10-month-old nephew — by serving them milk laced with sedatives then slitting their throats.
Shabnam, 25 then with a double MA, wanted to marry Saleem, a class VI dropout, but her family didn’t want her to. Both were sentenced to death in 2010 by the sessions court in Amroha in UP, where they’re from.
Over subsequent 11 years, Shabnam visited the Allahabad high court , the Supreme Court, the President then the Supreme Court (SC) again. In January last year, her review petition was dismissed by the SC. However, she has not exhausted all judicial remedies.
‘Haven’t got warrant , but started preparing’
Though her lawyer told that they need not been informed a few warrant being issued within the one year since, at the Mathura district jail, the sole one within the country where women are often hanged, preparations are afoot.
“We haven’t received any warrant but have started preparing .Last year in February, the executioner, Pawan Jallad, had inspected the hanging house.
“He said that there was a drag with the structure of the gallows. We are fixing that now. we’ve also just ordered two hanging ropes from Bihar’s Buxar central jail,” Mathura senior jail superintendent Shailendra Maitrey told on Wednesday.
Built 150 years ago, the gallows has never been utilized in independent India. Step-sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit are on death house for kidnapping 13 children and killing a minimum of five of them. a lady from Lucknow, Ramshri, had been sentenced to death in 1998 but it had been commuted to captivity after she gave birth to a toddler in prison. So, the hanging house, with creaking structures and covered in overgrowth with decades of disuse, would take a short time to line so as should a warrant be issued.
An official involved within the preparations told that the Amroha sessions court, which had first sentenced Shabnam to death, has been moved for execution of the sentence. Shabnam is incarcerated at Rampur jail. “Mathura jail officials are asked to start out preparing. that is what they’re doing,” the official added.
So is Pawan Jallad, the fourth-generation executioner who had hanged the Nirbhaya rapists last year. “It is god’s will. i’m just an instrument,” he told in Meerut. His great grandparent Laxman Ram had hanged Bhagat Singh, his father Kallu had hanged Indira Gandhi’s assassins and Ranga and Billa, and his father Mammu was the state hangman for 47 years. When he goes to Mathura jail for Shabnam’s hanging, he will take his 20-year-old son along.
“But I do hope i get an honest mehnataana (compensation) for my work. i just Rs 7,500 a month. I even have seven children,” the 58-year-old said.
But legal experts said all of this is often not definitive yet. “Shabnam could still seek another review of the petition in SC. She could also file a curative petition,” SC lawyer Sarthak Chaturvedi told. “No one are often hanged until all legal remedies are exhausted.”