Representatives of several civil rights groups and some political organisations gathered at Jantar Mantar on Thursday to protest the execution of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon, as well as the death penalty. Members of various groups such as People’s Union for Civil Liberties, Peoples Union for Democratic Rights, National Alliance of People’s Movements and leaders of the CPI(Marxist Leninist) Red Star spoke out during the demonstration.
Carrying placards that declared, “Hanging is the most premeditated of murders”, the protesters claimed that the execution of Memon should not have taken place on the merits of the case itself.
Some of them argued for the need to abolish the death penalty entirely.
“The ratio of those who have to face death row is skewed against the minorities such as Dalits and Muslims. Moreover, some people involved in the case have admitted that he helped security agencies in the investigation, and was brought to India voluntarily. Therefore, the application of the death penalty was not correct,” the protesters said.
KN Ramachandran, general secretary of the CPI ML(Red Star), said, “We severely condemn the haste with which Yakub Memon was hanged when he had already spent 21 years in jail, and the continuation of the death penalty in India, when more than two thirds of the United Nations member countries have either repealed it or declared a moratorium on it.”
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