The Indian judiciary is healthier than most developing countries. The upper levels of the Indian judicial system, that is the High Courts and certainly the Supreme Court have always aimed to provide justice and uphold the constitutional idea.
Yes, the process is slow, but it’s better to have a fair process which provides a better end result, than having a quick one which errs too often.
Here is a collection of 7 rarest of rare crimes committed in India:
1. Dhananjoy Chatterjee: The rapist who was hanged in Bengal
His death sentence became one of the most controversial capital punishments ever given in the history of the Indian judiciary. Executed by hanging for the murder (following a rape) of 18-year-old Hetal Parekh at her apartment residence in Calcutta on 5th March 1990. His sentence was carried out at Alipore Central Jail on 14th August 2004. He was kept at Alipore Jail for nearly 14 years. The family refused to either attend the execution or claim his body; it was later cremated. Dhananjoy in his last wish wanted to donate his eyes and kidneys to poor patients. While kidneys were ruled out because the kidneys of a hanged person could not be used for transplant, his wish to donate his body to any hospital went unheeded. His last words were, ‘I am innocent, God bless you’.
2. The Hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru
On 13th December 2001, five armed men drove through the gates of the Indian parliament in a car fitted out with a bomb. When challenged they jumped out of the car and opened fire, killing eight security personnel and a gardener. All five gunmen were killed. Mohammad Afzal Guru played a central role in the Parliament attacks, by providing hideout and logistics for the terrorists in New Delhi. After his mercy petition was rejected by Pranab Mukherjee, he was secretly hanged at Delhi’s Tihar Jail around 08:00 am on 9th February 2013 and afterward buried inside jail grounds. His family was not informed prior to execution and his dead body was later denied to his family though his execution resulted in violent protests across the Kashmir region.
3. Execution of Mohammed Ajmal Kasab: Ticket To Hell
Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, a Pakistani citizen, was the lone surviving gunmen who rampaged through the streets of India’s financial capital for three days in November 2008, killing 166 people. He was charged with 86 offenses, including murder and waging war against the Indian state. Four years later on 21st November 2012, the execution codenamed ‘Operation X’ was carried out in secrecy to prevent protests stalling the execution. There was a celebration on the streets of Mumbai and other cities as news of the execution spread. People set off fireworks and handed out sweets in India. Kasab was buried at Yerwada Jail, Pune.
4. Hanging Kampatimar Shankariya: Worst Serial Killer Of India
Born in 1952, Kampatimar Shankariya was one of the most infamous serial killers of India, with 70 proven victims between 1977 and 1978. Shankariya killed people by striking at the area around their Eustachian tube. He is known to have used a hammer as his weapon of assault. He said that he derived pleasure by killing people. After getting caught in 1978, he was sentenced to death on May 16, 1979, at Jaipur, India. Before dying Shankariya confessed to all the murders, and said that they were all in vain and that nobody should become like him.
5. Raman Raghav: India’s Most Horrific Serial Killer
Raman Raghav, also known as Psycho Raman was a psychopathic serial killer who operated in the city of Mumbai, India in the mid-1960s. Pavement dwellers were hammered to death while they slept during that time. All the murders took place at night and were committed using a hard, blunt object. During the time Raman Raghav was in operation, there was widespread public anxiety and panic in Mumbai. Inhabitants of slums and apartments dreaded sleeping out in the open or with open windows and balconies. He was sentenced to death but later sentenced to life imprisonment because he was found to be incurably mentally ill. He was lodged at Yerwada Central Jail, Pune and died in 1995 after suffering from kidney trouble.
6. Auto Shankar: The mass murderer of Madras
Auto Shankar, also known as Gowri Sankar was found guilty of six murders, committed over a period of two years in 1988–1989. In late 1988, over a period of approximately six months, nine teenage girls from the Thiruvanmiyur section of Chennai disappeared and so the police managed to find Gowri, who later became popular as “Auto Shankar.” Auto Shankar was hanged in Salem Central Prison in 1991.
7. Swami Premananda: The Fraud Baba
He was an Indian guru who founded the Premananda Ashram which covered 150 acres of land. After being convicted of multiple counts of rape and murder in 1997, he was sentenced to life imprisonment and fined 67.3 lakhs for 13 counts of rape, molestations of two girls and a murder. He died in 2011 of acute liver failure and claimed he was innocent till death.
In recent times, we have seen landmark judgments that have strengthened the faith in the judiciary. India, has also come up with many new laws including the very recent anti-rape law. To what extent it will be successful, only time will tell.