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The idea behind this blog is to collect information on the death penalty in India and make it accessible. We are trying our best to put the latest information on the people who are currently on death row, the status of their cases, their mercy petitions and also the information on any death sentence across the country. Please feel free to write us and give us your suggestions and comments and also any information you have come across regarding the death penalty in India. Our email id is abolishdeathpenaltyindia@gmail.com The blog is currently managed by Grace Pelly, Lara Jesani, Nitu Sanadhya, Rebecca Gonsalvez, Reena Mary George and Vijay Hiremath. Kindly mark copies of the emails to: vijayhiremath@gmail.com reena.mary.george@univie.ac.at

Monday, June 1, 2009

Mercy Petition Withdrawn

This news item was reported in the sunday Indian Express on 31 May 2009. It clearly states that the person on the death row is fed up with the conditions she has been forced to live in and thats the only reason she wants the death sentence to be carried out. She has voluntarily withdrawn the mercy petition filed before the President of India but it highlights the plight of the persons on death row across India and the conditions they are kept in. Below are the excerpts from the article and the link to the article.

Almost five years after she and her husband were convicted for murdering eight people, including her father, former independent MLA in Haryana Relu Ram Punia, and three children, Sonia wants to be hanged at the earliest. And she may get her wish too.
For, following her letter seeking rejection of her mercy petition, Union Home Minister P Chidambaram has written to President Pratibha Patil recommending that the mercy petitions of the husband and wife be rejected and the death sentence carried out.


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