news Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 05:30
As the country woke up to Thursday, July 30, 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Memon was hanged to death at Nagpur Central jail.  Fifty-three-year old Memon is the first convict to be hanged for the Mumbai blasts case in which 275 people lost their lives. There were public demonstrations against his execution earlier which led to doubts about whether Memon’s body would be handed over to his family post his execution. But what happens to Memon’s body after this? According to the Model Prison Manual for the Superintendence and Management of Prisons in India, “body of the executed prisoner shall be disposed of according to the religious requirements.”It goes on to say that “If the executed prisoner’s relatives make a written application for performing the last rites, the Superintendent may, in his discretion, allow such request, provided that the relatives give an undertaking in writing that they will not make a public demonstration at cremation / burial.” If there is disturbance at the cremation/burial, the Superintendent “has the authority to refuse such permission.” “In cases of disposal of the body of executed prisoner, in whose case there is likelihood of public demonstration, the Superintendent shall consult the District Magistrate and arrangements for the disposal of the body shall be made according the requirements of the situation.” Reports have mentioned that Memon’s family has provided assurances that there will be not be a public demonstration or any mass congregations and that the affair would be private. In this case, as per protocol, reports mention that the Home Secretary has confirmed that the body will be handed over to his family  

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