Secularism, Democracy, Justice And Human Rights Were Hanged With Yakub Memon
01 August, 2015
Solidarity Youth Movement of Kerala held symbolic hanging all over the state in protest against the execution of Yakub Memon. Four protesters symbolizing Secularism, Democracy, Justice and Human Rights were symbolically hanged to highlight the fact that by hanging Yakub Memon to death, these cornerstones of Indian democracy also died. Symbolic hangings were held in all district headquarters of Kerala
Yakub Memon was convicted over his involvement in the 1993 Bombay serial blasts by TADA court. Yakub Memon was the brother of one of the prime suspects in the bombings, Tiger Memon. His appeals and petitions for clemency were all rejected and he was executed by hanging on 30 July 2015 in Nagpur jail.
Last mercy petition on Yakub’s behalf was signed by many eminent citizens of India… many retired judges of Supreme Court and various High Courts among them. Just to name a few, they included the likes of Justice Panachand Jain (Retd), Justice H.S. Bedi (Retd), Justice P. B. Sawant (Retd), Justice H. Suresh (Retd), Justice K. P. Siva Subramaniam (Retd), Justice S. N. Bhargava (Retd), Justice K Chandru (Retd), Justice Nagmohan Das (Retd). Retired judges of the Supreme Court of India like Markandey Katju went on to say Yakub Memon’s hanging would be a gross travesty of justice.
It was never established in any court that Yakub Memon ever planted a bomb in the Bombay serial blasts. He was given death penalty for conspiring with the alleged perpetrators of the blasts, including his brother Tiger Memon and Dawood Ibrahim. They were never apprehended and put under trial.
Over 2,100 prisoners have been executed in India since its independence. As of now, 140 countries in the world have outlawed death penalty. India the land of nonviolence and peace continue to adamantly oppose every UN resolution that seeks to ban death penalty.
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