It was a shock and surprise for the entire nation when on 9th February morning news channels flashed that Afzal Guru; one of the accused in the Parliament attack case was hanged in Tihar jail and last rites was performed in jail. The Home Minster addressed the press without giving much details, except for timing of hanging, some brief about the rejection of mercy plea by the President, etc.
Rape can be said to be woven into the fabric of India’s nationhood. During the creation of India and Pakistan, an estimated 100,000 women and girls were abducted, raped, and often killed; but no person, official or policeman was ever punished for having indulged in committing and abetting these crimes.
The following is a statement from concerned academicians, students and activists condemning the CPI(Maoist) for actions against NREGA activists in specific and their practice of killing people through farcical "death penalties" in general. The statement is hosted here and those who agree with the statement are requested to sign the petition.