Who’s Shabnam Ali
Shabnam hails from Bawankheri, a village some 20km from Amroha in Moradabad division of Uttar Pradesh and is a double MA in English and Geography.
Earlier than she murdered her relations, Ali labored as a college instructor who taught within the village faculty and was a favorite amongst her college students.
Shabnam’s uncle, Sattar Ali, describes her as a demure lady, “each bit the obedient daughter” who no person thought was able to murdering her household for her lover.
Drugged household earlier than killing
On the intervening evening of April 14 and 15 2008, Shabnam, who was seven weeks pregnant together with her lover Saleem’s little one, drugged her household and slaughtered them as a result of they objected to her relationship.
Saleem got here from a special socio-economic background and caste. Her household, Saifi Muslims, had been well-to-do landholders, whereas Saleem, a Pathan, was a category VI dropout, and labored as a each day wager.
Shabnam, a college instructor was in a relationship with Saleem who used to work as a each day wager.
Shabnam’s household owned round 30 bigha of land. Her father was an Arts instructor within the native faculty.
“All of us had been shocked. There was some pressure within the household because of her relationship with that man, nevertheless it was not possible to think about that it will finish that method,” mentioned Sattar.
India’s first female death row convict to be hanged
Shabnam and Saleem had been sentenced to demise in 2010 by the classes court docket in Amroha in UP, the place they’re from.
Over the subsequent 11 years, Shabnam went to the Allahabad excessive court docket, the Supreme Court docket, the President after which the Supreme Court docket (SC) once more. In January final 12 months, her assessment petition was dismissed by the SC.
Nonetheless, she has not exhausted all judicial cures.
Although her lawyer advised TOI that they haven’t been knowledgeable a few demise warrant being issued within the one 12 months since, on the Mathura district jail, the one one within the nation the place girls will be hanged, preparations are afoot.
“We now have not acquired any demise warrant however have began making ready … Final 12 months in February, the executioner, Pawan Jallad, had inspected the hanging home,” mentioned Mathura senior jail superintendent Shailendra Maitrey on Wednesday.
He mentioned that there was an issue with the construction of the gallows. We’re fixing that now. We now have additionally simply ordered two hanging ropes from Bihar’s Buxar central jail,”
Shabnam’s uncle Sattar now occupies Shabnam’s household home in Bawankheri village, Uttar Pradesh.
Constructed 150 years in the past, the gallows in Mathura has by no means been utilized in impartial India. The hanging home with creaking buildings and coated in overgrowth would take some time to set so as ought to a demise warrant be issued.
Shabnam is incarcerated in a Rampur Jail as Mathura jail begins preparation to hold her.
However authorized consultants mentioned all of this isn’t definitive but. “Shabnam might nonetheless search one other judicial assessment of the petition in SC. She might additionally file a healing petition,” SC lawyer Sarthak Chaturvedi advised TOI. “Nobody will be hanged till all authorized cures are exhausted.”
Different feminine demise row convicts
Step-sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit have been on demise row for kidnapping 13 kids and killing a minimum of 5 of them.
A girl from Lucknow, Ramshri, had been sentenced to demise in 1998 nevertheless it was commuted to life imprisonment after she gave beginning to a baby in jail.
Shabnam’s pal adopts her child
A TOI group travelled to Amroha to satisfy the child in January 2019. The boy, a couple of years earlier, was “adopted” by a Bulandshahr-based couple, journalist Usman Saifi and his spouse Vandana.
“Shabnam and I studied in the identical faculty. She was two years senior to me. We used to take the identical bus to school. As soon as, I confided in her that I had no cash to submit my charges. She helped me,” Usman mentioned.
Usman Saifi and Vandana are foster dad and mom to Shabnam’s son.
Caring for her little one, he provides, is his method of repaying Shabnam.
“I used to be shocked once I learn in regards to the murders and that Shabnam had been arrested for them. Had it not been for her, I might have needed to drop out of faculty. The least I can do is take care of her little one.”
By the way, Usman and Vandana are solely foster dad and mom of the boy and can’t undertake him legally as a result of Islam doesn’t enable adoption.