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Preparing to hang first woman in independent India, what was Shabnam’s crime?

For the first time in the history of independent India, a woman can be hanged. Senior jail officer of Mathura jail, said that Shabnam, convicted in the murder of her family in 2008, can be hanged soon.

Agra DIG (Jail) Akhilesh Kumar said that preparations are on to hang Shabnam in the district jail of Mathura.

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On the intervening night of 14-15 April 2008, Shabnam and her lover Saleem, who live in Amroha, had seven family members slit their throat by giving them drugs. There was also a 10-month-old child whose throat was strangled.

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At that time, 24-year-old Shabnam taught in a school and was in love with Saleem but her family members were against their relationship. In 2010, both were sentenced to death by the trial court, which was also upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015.

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Rashtrapati Bhavan has rejected his mercy petition and in January last year, the Supreme Court rejected his reconsideration petition. A division bench of Chief Justice Justices SA Bobde, Justice S Abdul Nazeer and Justice Sanjeev Khanna had said that both wanted to grab the property of Shabnam’s family after marriage.

DIG Akhilesh Kumar did not mention any time and name of the person hanged in Mathura jail but said that Amroha’s Shabnam could be done.

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He said that there is a system to hang women convicts in Mathura jail but he is in a very poor condition because no woman has been hanged till date in independent India.

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