Delhi : The Mathura district jail has started preparations to Execute a woman for the first time in 70 Years in India.
Shabnam Ali, 38, was convicted of killing seven members of her family — her mother, father, two brothers, sister-in-law, cousin and 10-month-old nephew — by Giving them milk laced with sedatives and then slitting their throats.
Shabnam’s family were against her relationship with Salim due to the difference in their social and economic status. Shabnam was a school teacher, Salim a class 6 dropout.
Shabnam and Salim were arrested within days of the murders. The Lovers was sentenced to death by the trial court in 2010; the death sentence was upheld by the Supreme Court in 2015. Their mercy plea was also rejected by Rashtrapati Bhavan. In January 2020, the Supreme Court also Rejected their review petitions, underscoring that Saleem had “meticulously executed the killing after Shabnam administered sleeping pills in tea”.
Shabnam, a double MA (in English and Geography) who taught at the village primary school, initially pretended that her house was attacked by unidentified assailants. However, Shabnam later confessed that she had involved Salim in the crime and made her family members drink milk laced with sedatives and thereafter throttled her little nephew.