1405 life prisoners to be released in Tamilnadu
Remember the media coverage of Afzal Guru. Remember the socialites who were on TV yelling against the death penalty. This news from Tamilnadu is sure to send them sulking into characteristic hibernation.
The ruling party’s founder Mr C.N.Annathurai’s 100th birthday celebrations are being kicked off in the state. As part of the celebrations, 1405 prisoners serving life terms (I assume mostly murder) are being released. Can we call them hardcore criminals ? I think so. They may want to pick roses for a living but they are hardcore enough to have been awarded a life term. Families have been destroyed by their actions. Wives lost husbands, kids lost fathers.
The two categories are :
1. All those serving life terms who have completed 7 years (subject to some checks like good behaviour)
2. All those over 60 are free if they have served five years
Remember, a life term is usually awarded for murder.
The idea is that these prisoners should not be neglected by the society and stigmatised for their past forever. Our Correctional Wing along with NGOs and Prison Ministry of India is working out various ways to resettle them in the society,” said DGP R Nataraj, who initiated the programme.
Forever. What a nice word ? Does ‘rest of your life‘ mean the same thing, or are we misreading it ? Kids have lost their dads forever, haven’t they ? What about them ?
While many have expressed a desire to own a taxi or an autorickshaw, a few have asked for sewing machines and fishing nets. One man wanted to open a flower shop. “For such cases we are trying to arrange bank loans to help them start their own small-scale units,” said Nataraj. The sewing machines and fishing nets will be given on the day of their release.
So, people who commit heinous crimes like murder will be given bank loans for taxis and autos. Is this facility available to non-criminals as well ?
V Kannadasan, Special Public Prosecutor for Human Rights said, “Human Rights concepts are growing everywhere and these prisoners also have a right to life, which if denied, will lead them back to crimes. So this opportunity to reform must be given to them.”
Human Rights Sir, I have a stupid question. How can it “lead them back to crimes” if they are in jail ?
This is a slap on the faces of the victims families. Their consent has clearly NOT been obtained.
This is moment of shame for the media because no TV channel will discuss this.
Another moment of humiliation for the judicial system.
There is a case against it by in the Supreme Court by the relentless Subramanian Swamy. The Supreme Court had earlier stayed the released of 1500 hardcore criminals by the YS Reddy government.
But AP is AP, TN is TN, Bengal is Bengal, Kerala is Kerala.
Until then, no one in India has the right to talk about Afzal Guru.