She claimed she is the nation's longest serving woman prisoner.

Rajiv Gandhi assassination convict Nalini asks NCW to grant early release Reuters
news Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 19:55

Nalini Sriharan, serving life imprisonment in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, has approached the National Commission for Women (NCW) for early release, claiming she is the nation's longest serving woman prisoner.

According to Subramani of The Times of India, the letter to the NCW dated October 22 said, “I submit that for these 25 long years, I have not been able to live my life as an ordinary woman. I spend my days in prison watching hundreds of women prisoners getting released from prison time and again, on important days like Perarignar Anna's birth anniversary. No day passes without tears. My only longing is whether I would be able to see my daughter who is abroad, and whether I would be able to arrange her marriage during my life-time."

Nalini was arrested on June 14, 1991 in connection with the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi on May 21, 1991. 

Along with three others including her husband, Murugan, Nalini was awarded the death sentence which was later confirmed by the Supreme Court.

In 2000, her death penalty was, however, commuted to life imprisonment by the Tamil Nadu governor. In February 2014, the apex court commuted the death sentence of Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan on the grounds that there was inordinate delay by the President in deciding their mercy petitions.

In her plea before NCW, she stated that more than 2,200 life convicts had been released between 2001 and 2008 in Tamil Nadu after completion of only seven to 10 years. Calling the NCW her only hope, Nalini urged the commission to impress upon the Centre to release her from prison.


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