Popular Front campaigns against Death Penalty on Anti-torture Day

Press Release
New Delhi 24/06/13

OMA Salam
General Secretary

Various programmes are being arranged by Popular Front of India across the country on June 26 which is declared as International Anti-torture Day.These programmes will highlight various forms of torturing the helpless innocents, those accused in crimes, and the under-trial prisoners either in police custody or in jails. It is heart breaking to note that deaths in police custody and prisons are on the increase in different parts of India. The recent deaths of Qatheel Siddiqui in Maharashtra jail and Khalid Mujahid in the custody of UP police are indications of this condemnable trend.

The courts are now more inclined to giving death penalties which, in fact, should be confined to rarest of rare cases. As we have seen in the case of Afsal Guru, death penalty which is the ultimate and irrevocable torture that can be inflicted on a human being can be awarded just to satisfy ‘the collective conscience of society’. In the record number of death sentences the Indian position is next only to that of Pakistan among all nations. During this year’s Anti-torture Day campaign Popular Front is joining the demand by human rights activists and true democrats in India and abroad to stop capital punishment.

The Front has published poster in different India languages urging the people to ‘Say No to Death Penalty’. Programmes like seminars, protests and public meetings are schedule on the day in different states. At the national capital New Delhi, the sit in dharna organised by the Delhi State Committee of Popular Front will be inaugurated by its National Executive Council members E. M. Abdul Rahiman.