New Delhi: Speakers and activists attending various programmes held by Popular Front of India in different parts of the country on 26thJune, the International Day against Torture,called for repeal of death penalty.
Sit-in Dharna held at Jantar Mantar was inaugurated by Mr. E M Abdurrahman former chairman of Popular Front. He said that the number of judicial and extra judicial killings of citizens is alarmingly on the rise in the country. It’s no coincidence that most of the death penalties are awarded to minorities, Adivasis and Dalits. Innocents are led to the gallows while police and intelligence officers get away with their grave crimes and killings.
Recent Israt Jahan case in Gujarat and murder of Khalid Mujahid in UP clearly showed that lives innocents have little value in the hands of police. It’s a disgrace that our country keeps executing its own citizens with out even fulfilling the legal formalities while more and more countries come forward to abolish death penalty.
Even worse, courts make judgments to satisfy conscience of the masses. This conscience is created by the media who have, in India, reduced themselves to be mere propaganda machines. The programme was attended also by Adv. Yusuf Secreatary,NCHRO), journalist Muhammed Ahmed Kazmi( Editor Quami Salamthi ) and Moulana Usman Beig (President all India Imams Council).
In a seminar held at Calicut was opened by Prof. P. Koya, the vice chairman of the Popular Front. Prof. Koya said that state’s primary duty is to protect the private lives of citizens. The government, in our country, is holding a hidden camera into the private lives of citizens creating an undeclared emergency with draconian laws like UAPA.
Popular Front has clear stand against Death penalty. Arputham Ammal, mother of Perarivalan, who is on death row in Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, was the chief guest. The topic was presented by Adv. KP Muhammed Shereef the vice chairman of National Confederation of Human Rights Organizations (NCHRO).
Human rights activist and writer Civic Chandran and VM Fahad state president of Campus Front of India also participated in the seminar.
In Karnataka, Popular Front of India Tamil Nadu state committee organized a poster campaign in through out the state against death penalty. A seminar was conducted in Belgaum by Karnataka state committee of the Front. Memorandums against death penalty were submitted to district collectors in Andhra Pradesh.
Goa state committee submitted a memorandum against death penalty to the Collector of South Goa District. Campaigns were held in Rajasthan and Manipur too.