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Updated: March 15, 2013 11:55 IST

Death row convict bags gold medal in exam

S. Vijay Kumar
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File photo of Perarivalan
File photo of Perarivalan

A.G. Perarivalan, one of the three convicts facing death penalty in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has bagged a gold medal by topping a diploma course examination conducted by the Tamil Nadu Open University.

In May last year, Perarivalan stood first among prisoners by scoring 1,096 out of 1,200 in the Plus Two examination. Family sources said he was aiming to pursue Ph.D.

According to Prison department sources, Perarivalan sat for the Diploma in Desktop Publishing examination along with general candidates and scored the first mark. He was among the 185 prison inmates who appeared in different examinations conducted by the university recently.

“It would be wrong to say that I am happy on hearing this news. It has only saddened me further…my son has been consistently demonstrating academic excellence. He scored 91.33 per cent in Plus Two examination, which is the highest ever among prisoners. Twenty-two years of incarceration has not bogged down his urge to excel in studies,” Perarivalan’s mother Arputhammal told The Hindu on Thursday.

She said that her family was confident that Perarivalan would return home one day. “We hope that Chief Minister Jayalalithaa would take steps for the early release of my son. He has suffered enough for no fault of his. Every time he achieves something on the academic or sports front, I find it so difficult to face my son. How can I congratulate him...,” Ms. Arputhammal said.

A senior prison official said a large number of inmates were enrolled in the Mahatma Gandhi Community College that was affiliated to the TNOU. “Opportunities for inmates to pursue education are plenty. From basic literacy to post-graduation, a number of courses are being offered. The objective is to make them employable,” he said.

Those arguing Death Penalty are not civilised people. For any crime committed by any person, the surroundings and society are more responsible than the individual himself/herslf . This is a fact if one sits and analyses with proper mind.

from:  Raja
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013 at 17:23 IST

Yet another example of why death penalty is out of place in a civilized
society. The people who support it are sick.

from:  Murali V
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013 at 12:44 IST

It saddens me to see such a talent lodged in jail. He could have been a model citizen, had it been not for his accusation. I really hope he gets employable and shows the world that a criminal does not have to remain one.

from:  Madhu Suthanan
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013 at 11:10 IST

Just proves getting a gold medal is easier than getting an Aadhar Card!

from:  sathyavrath
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013 at 10:47 IST

I read in the late 1960's that most Naxalites ( operating in Kerala) were postgraduates and some were with PhD qualified. Brain has many sides e.g perverted and normal intelligence.

from:  V.Sivasubramaniam
Posted on: Mar 15, 2013 at 07:10 IST
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