07/01/09

'Hundred percent reservation in capital punishment'

PATNA: It is unbelievable but irrefutable. That barring Kare Singh, out of 36 prisoners waiting on the gallows in Bihar's Bhagalpur Central Jail, 35 belong to OBCs, Dalits and Muslims.
this news report goes on to say:
Kare, a Bhumihar, is the lone exception. This caste has been categorised among forwards in the official list. He comes from Ramdiri village under Begusarai district.

The list of 24 other condemned prisoners includes the names of Hariballabh Singh, Bhumi Mandal, Binod Mandal, Indradeo Mandal, Arjun Muni, Dukho Sharma, Jagdish Shahni, Shivesh Mandal, Baidyanath Sharma, Bindeshwari Mandal, Upendra Mandal, Jalim Mandal, Ramshagun Mahto, Singheshwar Rai, Binod Prasad, Mithilesh Thakur, Manoj Rai, Raghunath Shahni, Ashok Kumar Gupta, Prabhat Kumar Rai, Mahendra Yadav, Durga Mandal, Manoj Singh and Naresh Yadav are among those convicts who all come from the OBC group.

Bir Kunwar Paswan, Krishna Mochi, Nandlal Mochi, Dharmendra Singh and Shobhit Chamar are among 5 convicts who come from dalit section of the society.

Funo Shah, Md. Ehsan Shah, Sheikh Shamshul, Sheikh Gyash, Md. Gayasuddin Khan and Naushad Alam are among those 5 convicts who are Muslims.
5 dalits, 24 obcs, 5 muslims and one upper caste hindu. you could say the gallows are almost totally reserved for the non-brahminized sections of the country.

i tried to find the original article (published in the hindi daily hindustan, a few years ago), on the study the report refers to, by prabhat kumar shandilya, without much success. but i did find another reference to the same study here:

Amid the intellectual debate over the justification for the capital punishment, Gaya-based human rights activist and PUCL member Prabhat Kumar Shandilya gave another twist to the very concept of death penalty. He pointed out that people belonging to only Dalit and lower castes, tribals and minorities are awarded death sentence and no culprit of upper caste ever went to the gallows after the Independence; with the only exception of Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte, the killers of Mahatma Gandhi, and lastly Dhananjoy Chatterjee. "Most of them were Dalits, tribals, lower caste people and minorities and belonged to the poor sections of the society," he said.

"It's like 100 per cent reservation for the lower castes and minorities to the gallows," lamented Shandilya, who some time back wrote to the President of India for a review of this "discrimination". [emphasis mine].
nice to know that there's at least one public institution in india that doesn't worry about dilution of merit.

please note: the title of this post is the title (translated from hindi, i guess) of the article by prabhat kumar shandilya- if anyone finds the article, please send me the link.

6 comments:

me1084 said...

any YOUTH FOR EQUALITY dudes nearby?

kuffir said...

aren't you youth for equality? uniformly, i don't think bhel or any other psu has more than 3-5% obcs on its payroll- isn't that the kind of uniquely hindu egalitarian economic philosophy that you and the (youth for equality) like?

Assman said...

Hi man, unrelated to the post, but on your comment. Is it wrong to suggest alternate solutions for inequality in the society other than reservation, when clearly years of reservation does not seem to work. Is it wrong to debate on the merits and demerits of those. Clearly, to get stuck with an idea is barely productive.
You tell me that the attitude is because of the feeling of being a upper caste hindu who does not want to accord benefits to other castes and I think the debate is on. And I might even agree with you if I took any sides ever anyway.
As regarding the cases of capital punishment, only individual cases can be seen and debated. Neither you nor me can give merit to such arguments with a straight face. Unless we see some specific reason and disproportionate punishment for a smaller crime or we find inconsistency in the punishments awarded for the same crimes done by two different classes/castes/religions of people. I smell propaganda, but I feel the intentions are right and will wait for a study of this nature to be done to its logical conclusion.

kuffir said...

assman,

'Is it wrong to suggest alternate solutions for inequality in the society other than reservation, when clearly years of reservation does not seem to work.'

assumptions. one, reservations are supposed to address inequality. two, they haven't worked. three, they've been around for 'years', meaning a long time.

'As regarding the cases of capital punishment, only individual cases can be seen and debated. Neither you nor me can give merit to such arguments with a straight face.'

what argument?

Anonymous said...

good you morons are 100% in at least one thing.

Anonymous said...

Contact Soroor Ahmed Or Safdar Imaam Qadri for Prabhat Kumar Shandilya's Article, published on Hindustan, Oct. 21,2003 Or National Library Or JNU Library Or DU Library for original reference copy of that news paper

 
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