"And you're told it's time to die": A Personal Contribution to the 2021 World Day Against the Death Penalty

The following text is excerpted from  Death Row Diary , by William Van Poyck. William Van Poyck -- who maintained his innocence -- was executed by the state of Florida on June 12, 2013.  The 58-year-old, convicted of the 1987 murder of Glades Correctional Institution guard Fred Griffis outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office, offered his views on everything from prison food to movies to the blood lust of politicians who support the death penalty via letters he posted online with the help of his sister.  After his conviction, Van Poyck, with a reform school education, authored three books, one of which won first-place honors in the memoir category in Writer’s Digest 2004 Self-Published Book Awards.  Locked up with what the courts have deemed the worst of the worst, Van Poyck opened the doors to a secret world few can imagine... The following piece is excerpted from William Van Poyck’s dispatches written during the last two years prior to his own execution. "Robert Waterhouse was

India | Jhajjar man gets death penalty for honour killing

The court of Additional District and Sessions Judge RP Goyal awarded death sentence today to a man for the murder of three members of his sister-in-law’s family for ‘honour’ in 2016 in Kharkhoda of Sonepat.

The convict has been identified as Harish of Jhajjar. Another convict Satender, alias Monu, also from Jhajjar, is absconding and has been declared a proclaimed offender.

The court said the quantum of sentence would be awarded to Monu after he surrenders or was produced in the court.

Calling it the rarest of rare case, the court said the accused was a threat to society and awarding life imprisonment would not be justified under any circumstances.

Suresh, his wife Sunita, their son Pradeep were shot dead in their home at Kharkhoda on the night of November 18, 2016, by Harish and Satender, while Pradeep’s wife Sushila and her brother Suraj sustained bullet injuries.

Sushila, who belongs to general caste, had married Pradeep, who is an SC, in 2012.

A case under various sections of the IPC, Arms Act and SC/ST Act was registered against Sushila’s father Om Prakash, brothers Monu and Sonu, and her cousin Harish.

The court has acquitted Sushila’s father and Sonu.

“Life is precious and nobody has a right to take away the life of another but Harish and Monu have killed three people and caused injuries to two because Sushila married Pardeep against the wishes of her family... This court has no alternative except to sentence death penalty,” the court said.

The court ordered that Harish be kept in the Sonepat district jail. He won’t be executed till the confirmation of the death penalty from the HC.

Source: tribuneindia.com, Mukesh Tandon, October 12, 2021

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"And you're told it's time to die": A Personal Contribution to the 2021 World Day Against the Death Penalty