Death row convict Shabnam, convicted of murdering seven family members, files second mercy petition

Shabnam has submitted her second mercy petition to Governor of Uttar Pradesh Anandiben Patel and President of India Ramnath.

The Mathura Prison which is the only jail in the country where women can be hanged to death is reportedly preparing to execute Shabnam in what will be the first hanging of a female convict in 70 years.

Shabnam, who is currently in District Jail, Mathura, was found guilty of murdering seven of her family members including a 10-month-old infant in 2008 after her lover Saleem was not accepted by her family.

According to the prosecution’s case, the family members were murdered in their sleep by Saleem after Shabnam administered sedatives to the entire family.

Shabnam and Saleem were found guilty and sentenced to death by Sessions Court in Amroha in 2010. Their death sentences were upheld by the Allahabad High Court in 2013, which declined to use as a mitigating factor the fact that while in jail, Shabnam had given birth to a child who would be orphaned if his parents were executed.

The Supreme Court of India dismissed their criminal charges filed in 2015.

Subsequently, the trial court passed a death sentence for execution of Shabnam and Saleem. The Supreme Court overturned the death sentences on the ground that the duo had not yet used all their constitutional remedies.
Thereafter, Shabnam presented a clemency petition in Moradabad District Jail, which was rejected by the Governor of Uttar Pradesh. The President of India also rejected her mercy plea.

A Bench of the apex court headed by Chief Justice of India SA Bobde, also rejected the review petition filed by the duo. The Court found no reason to overturn the death sentence.
Shabnam’s lawyer alleges that there is no question of the issuing of death sentences since she has not yet used all her constitutional remedies.

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