Internal activity at the Mathura jail located in Uttar Pradesh has increased as authorities prepare for Amroha murder case convict Shabnam’s capital punishment. Shabnam was convicted along with her lover Salim of brutally axing seven of her family members to death in 2008.
After her review petition in the Supreme Court was dismissed, the President also rejected Shabnam’s mercy plea. She is likely to be hanged as soon as the death warrant is issued. Meanwhile, preparations for Shabnam’s capital punishment has already started at the Mathura jail.
India Today TV reached the Mathura District Jail to find out more about the preparations. The jail was built around 150 years ago in 1870 and is the only prison in the country that has a female execution room. But no woman has been hanged in the country since independence.
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Internal preparations have started in Mathura jail for maintaining the hanging premises. Hangman Pawan Jallad has inspected the hanging house to check the condition of the hanging dock, lever and rope.
Speaking about his visit to Mathura jail, Pawan Jallad said that he had visited the hanging house in the jail and noticed some issues in the throne lever and the dock. He said the administration is fixing it. Pawan Jallad also said that the hanging house needs maintenance as it has not been used for a long time.
Jai Narayan Mishra, an electrician who works in the jail, told India Today TV that he has never witnessed capital punishment for a woman in 17 years. Mishra also said that the hanging house is not in top condition at the moment and it needs to be fixed before the hanging.
(With inputs from Himanshu Mishra)