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India: Pawan Jallad, the man who will execute Nirbhaya convicts

Pawan Jallad
Anyone who commits heinous crimes like the Nirbhaya case deserves to be hanged, says Pawan Jallad, an executioner from Meerut.

5 years after '93 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon was executed, India will again witness the use of capital punishment on January 22, when the four convicts of the 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case will be hanged.


And Pawan will be their executioner.

Who is Pawan Jallad?


Pawan, 58, was born as Sindhi Ram into a family of executioners, according to The Statesman.

His father, Mammu Jallad, grandfather, Kaluram Jallad, and great-grandfather, Lakshman Jallad, were all executioners.

Pawan told IANS that he first hanged 2 brothers when he was aged 20-22. He carried out the execution with his grandfather at Patiala Central Jail.

Since then, he has performed 4 other executions.

Pawan said his family has conducted many prominent executions. He said his father and grandfather executed Satwant Singh and Kehar Singh (convicted in the assassination of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi) and the infamous Ranga and Billa (Sanjay and Geeta Chopra kidnapping and murder case).

"I have been waiting for this opportunity," says Pawan


Speaking on the imminent execution in the Nirbhaya case, Pawan told IANS, "I am preparing myself for 22 (January). Officials have told me, in any of these coming days, they would take me from here to Tihar."

He added, "For months, I have been waiting for this opportunity... Bhagwan ne meri sun hi li (God has finally heard my prayers)."


he four convicts in the Nirbhaya case: Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31) Rs. 1 lakh for hanging each Nirbhaya convicts


Pawan told the publication that he gets paid Rs. 5,000 a month by the Uttar Pradesh jail administration and has no other source of income.

Executing the 4 Nirbhaya convicts would mean an additional Rs. 1 lakh: Rs. 25,000 for each person he hangs.

Currently, Pawan supports a family of 8 on his meager income.

He lives with his wife and 7 children (5 daughters) in the Kashiram Colony of Meerut's Lohia Nagar locality.

His 1-room house was allotted to him by the Meerut administration under the Kanshiram Awas Yojna, according to IANS.

"I am almost broke", he said, adding "I need the money for my daughter's wedding."

"As a father, I'm very happy"


The additional pay aside, Pawan said he would be happy to hang the culprits. He said, "Those who commit heinous crimes like in the Nirbhaya case and those who rape little kids, deserve to be hanged."

He said, "As a father, I would be very happy. And Nirbhaya's parents would finally find peace," adding that he would feel "satisfied" after hanging the culprits.

Speaking to India Today , Pawan explained the process of execution, "I will reach Tihar Jail two-three days before the date. First, the gallows and the noose will be checked. Then their weight will be measured."

He added, "We will conduct trials using sacks filled with sand a day or two before the hanging. They will be hanged till they die."

Notably, there are no authorized executioners in Delhi's Tihar or Mandoli Jails. Tihar's jail directorate had hence approached the UP jail directorate seeking an executioner.

Initially, Tihar had sought 2 executioners, however, the one picked from Lucknow fell sick, Pawan said.

Since Pawan was trained in the occupation by his family and is physically fit, the Tihar Jail administration personally asked for him.

Earlier this month, Additional Sessions Judge Satish Kumar Arora had issued a death warrant against the four convicts in the Nirbhaya case: Mukesh (32), Pawan Gupta (25), Vinay Sharma (26) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31).

They would be hanged at 7 am on January 22. However, each convict will be allowed to meet one family member once before execution.

Upon hearing the order, all convicts reportedly wept.

According to NDTV , Mukesh Singh's mother even walked to Nirbhaya's mother, Asha Devi , in the courtroom, holding her sari as she pleaded mercy.

"Please forgive my son. I am begging you for his life," Singh's mother said crying.

Devi, also in tears, responded, "I had a daughter, too. What happened to her, how can I forget?"

On December 16, 2012, 6 men, including a minor, gang-raped 23-year-old "Nirbhaya" on a moving bus in Delhi .

The victim was penetrated with iron rods, and suffered such catastrophic injuries, that her intestines had been pulled out. She died during the treatment.

Ram Singh, the fifth accused, died in jail in 2013, while the juvenile spent time in a reformation home and was released.

Source: menafn.com, Staff, January 13, 2020


Nirbhaya Case: Women Activist Group Wants Live Telecast Of Convicts' Execution


Named as Bhumata Brigade, the group believes that live telecast of the execution of all four convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case will strengthen citizens' believe on jurisdiction and instill fear among the criminals.

With less than 10 days left for the conviction of four convicts of Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case, a women activist group has demanded a live telecast of execution of all 4 culprits asserting that the move will send a strong message of justice and women security in the country. 

Named as Bhumata Brigade, the group believes that live telecast of the execution will strengthen citizens' believe on jurisdiction and will instill fear among the criminals. 

Bhumata Brigade is the same organisation that fought for women entry in the sanctum sanctorum of popular Shani Shingnapur temple in Maharashtra.

Speaking about the same, president of Bhumata Brigade Tripti Desai said, "One rape happens in every 15 minutes in the country. From a long time, death penalty for rape has not been implemented. Girls of two and four years are being raped. Women of the country feel unsafe. Live telecast of the execution will build people's faith on jurisdiction and instill fear among those who think about such heinous crime."

Flagging concern over the reputation of India in terms of women security level, Desai said that no one would ever think about doing such gruesome crime after this live execution.

Supreme Court will hear the curative petitions filed by two convicts, on death row, in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case on January 14.

A 5-judge bench comprising Justices NV Ramana, Arun Mishra, Rohinton Fali Nariman, R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan will hear the curative petitions filed by Vinay Sharma and Mukesh, who moved the apex court on Thursday. Mukesh filed the plea, after fellow convict Vinay Sharma moved the court.

A trial court here, while issuing death warrants against the 4 convicts in the Nirbhaya gang rape and murder case on Tuesday observed that "despite being afforded sufficient time and opportunity", the convicts didn't exercise their legal remedies.

The court fixed January 22 and 7 a.m. as the date and time for execution of the 4 convicted persons in the case. 

After a 23-year-old woman was gangraped and tortured on December 16, 2012, leading to her death, all 6 accused were arrested and charged with sexual assault and murder.

1 of the accused was a minor and appeared before a juvenile justice court, while another accused committed suicide in Tihar Jail. 

The 4 convicts were sentenced to death by a trial court in September 2013, and the verdict confirmed by the Delhi High Court in March 2014 and upheld in May 2017 by the Supreme Court, which also dismissed their review petitions.

Source: abplive.com, Staff, January 13, 2020


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