Tamil Nadu government should release Muslim prisoners who are languishing in jail for more than seven years on compassionate grounds, demanded National Women Front.
Tamil Nadu government should release Muslim prisoners who are languishing in jail for more than seven years on compassionate grounds by using powers given to them by Indian Constitution and Criminal Procedure Code to release convicts serving life-term, demanded National Women Front (NWF).
Staging a protest meeting here on Sunday, NWF demanded the release of Muslim prisoners on former Chief Minister C. N. Annadurai’s birth anniversary (September 15).
Muslim women who had gathered in huge numbers said that in independent India, among all the marginalised communities it is the Muslim community which has been affected largely on many accounts and keeping that in account the Muslim prisoners should be released.
They demanded that not only Muslims but members of other communities who are eligible to be considered for release under compassionate grounds shall also be released.
“There are 49 Muslim prisoners who have completed seven years of jail term and we request the government to take into account the plight of the womenfolk and release them,” said Fathima Kani, State executive council member, NWF.
A. Khalid Mohammed, state general secretary, Popular Front of India, flagged off the rally from Nelpettai and addressed the protestors.
The protest rally passed via North Masi Street and culminated at Meenakshi Bazaar where a protest meeting was held.
The protest meeting was led by Siraj Nisha, president, NWF, Madurai, in the presence of Rahamathunisa, president, NWF, Theni. Razia Banu, state secretary, NWF delivered the special address.
A large number of Muslim women and social activists from Madurai, Ramanathapuram, Theni and Dindigul participated.
It is part of a State-wide protest held at Coimbatore, Chennai and Tirunelveli.