The 82-year-old murder convict,Shanti,who awaited her release from jail for want of two sureties since her mercy petition was accepted in 2009,was finally released from prison Tuesday afternoon.
On the prison departments request,the state government relaxed norms and ordered her release on humanitarian ground against a personal bond of Rs 5,000.
A native of Anchaura village in Bulandshahr,Shanti was lodged at Nari Bandi Niketan in Lucknow. This is the first time when the government has ordered release of a prisoner on personal bond.
Last month in October,The Indian Express had written about Shanti who was lying in jail despite pardon. Several such prisoners,whose mercy pleas have been admitted,are still languishing in jail on account of lack of two sureties. Recently,one such convict died in Barabanki jail.
On Tuesday,Shanti’s son Vijay Kumar Singh along with his wife Beena Singh reached Nari Bandi Niketan to take her home. I met my mother today after almost five years. I had lost hope that my mother would ever return home. I am thankful to the jail staff for taking efforts for her release her and taking care of her. I would try to keep my mother happy,said Vijay,who is a watchman at Sangatpur village in Amritsar.
Shanti was lodged in Nari Bandi Niketan since May 2003 after she was transferred from Muzaffarnagar jail. She was convicted in a murder case of four of a family in her neighbourhood following a property dispute. Two of her sons were also named in the FIR.
On February 15,2003,a Bulandshahr court awarded death sentence to Shanti,which was commuted to life by the HC in 2005. Due to her failing health,Shanti was unable to walk alone and could not see or hear properly.