Amroha murder case convict’s son appeals to President to commute her death sentence

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Published: February 19,2021 11:44 AM
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February 19, 2021: The Amroha death row inmate, Shabnam, who was convicted for killing seven members of her family in April 2008, on Friday filed another mercy petition before Uttar Pradesh Governor.

February 19, 2021: The Amroha death row inmate, Shabnam, who was convicted for killing seven members of her family in April 2008, on Friday filed another mercy petition before Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel.



The son of the death row convict has appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind to commute her death sentence, seeking "forgiveness" for his mother convicted of murdering her family in 2008. "I love my mother. I am making an appeal to the President that her death sentence is commuted. It is up to the President to forgive her. But I have faith," wrote 12-year-old son Mohammed Taj.



Shabnam, a school teacher, and her lover Saleem were sentenced to death for sedating seven members of her family and slitting their throats on April 14, 2008. Among the dead was a 10-month-old child, who was strangled. Shabnam’s family was against her relationship with Saleem, a Class 6 dropout due to the difference in their social and economic status.



Shabnam and Saleem were arrested within days of the murders and were sentenced to death by the trial court in 2010, which was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015. Their mercy plea was rejected by Rashtrapati Bhavan and the Supreme Court also turned down their review petitions in January last year, saying that Salim had “meticulously executed the killing after Shabnam administered sleeping pills in tea”.



As per report, Taj has been living with his custodian parent Usman Saifi in the Sushila Vihar colony in Bulandshahr.



Earlier, the convict has also approached UP Governor for pardon, but Patel had rejected her plea.



The death warrant about the date and time of hanging has not been issued by Amroha court yet.