Updated: January 22, 2014 03:10 IST

Gives me hope after 23 years, says Perarivalan’s mother

S. Vijay Kumar
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Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan
PTI Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan

“This is a victory for the campaign against the death penalty. I am happy that justice has finally been done. I hope this judgment will save my son’s life,” said Arputhammal, mother of Perarivalan on death row in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Welcoming the verdict, she said her son’s prayer challenging the inordinate delay in the President deciding on the mercy petition would come up for hearing on January 29.

“This verdict has given me the hope that after 23 years of incarceration my son will get relief. Though the judgment is clear and vindicates our argument, the fact that the case involves the death of a former Prime Minister keeps us on tenterhooks,” she said.

It was just not the convicts who suffered mental agony for years but their family members as well. “For many years, my son lived in constant fear of being executed. After having gone through so much of stress, how can a man be executed…” she asked.

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Perarivalan did one mistake.The conspirators gave him(he was just 19!)
money and told him to buy them batteries,which he did.He did not know
who they were or what their intentions were.For this he lost the best
years of his life and his health.He was brutally tortured during the
investigation years.Those police officers are still being held in high
regard(Well done officers,you destroyed the life of an innocent
man...well done indeed!)
If there is justice in this country,Perarivalan should be released and
duly compensated.

from:  Anil
Posted on: Jan 22, 2014 at 13:55 IST

Wishes for Perarivalan to be released after the Jan 29th verdict. Hope
judgement isn't adjourned.

from:  prasanna
Posted on: Jan 22, 2014 at 06:42 IST
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