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Arundhati Roy makes a case for Afzal

October 04, 2006
Booker Prize-winning author Arundhati Roy joined a sit-in in New Delhi on Wednesday, demanding mercy for Mohammad Afzal, who has been sentenced to death in the Parliament attack case.

The sit-in was organised by the Society for the Protection of Detainees' and Prisoners' Rights headed by S A R Geelani, who was aquitted in the case earlier.

Roy, who said she is participating in the protest because she is against death penalty, also added, "The whole case is full of faulty evidence and fabricated stories and to hang someone for something he may not have done is not fair." She demanded a Parliamentary inquiry into the case.

Afzal's execution, which was originally scheduled for October 20, has now been deferred after his family submitted a mercy petition to President Kalam.

Photographs: Dijeshwar Singh/ Saab Pictures

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