The crime was committed in April 2008 when Shabnam was 25-year-old.
seer has appealed to President Ram Nath Kovind to pardon death row convict
, who would be the first woman in independent India to be hanged for a crime.
Talking to TOI, the chief priest of
Tapaswi Chawni temple
said, “A woman’s status in Hindu scriptures, Vedas and Puranas, is much higher than that of men. The execution of a woman will not augur well for society and may trigger calamity and bring bad luck. Her crime is unpardonable, but she must be forgiven as she’s a woman. As a Hindu dharam guru, I appeal to the President of India to accept Shabnam’s mercy petition and save her from death. She has atoned for her sins in prison and her hanging will be the most unfortunate chapter in our history. Our Constitution gives an extraordinary power to the President and he should exercise that power to forgive.”
Even as preparations have begun in Mathura jail to hang Amroha resident Shabnam, her 12-year-old son too has sent an appeal to the President to forgive his mother.
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