The family of Afzal Guru is still dealing with the trauma of the militants sudden execution. Guru’s family is now planning to move to the Supreme Court, so that no other family is denied the right to meet their loved ones before they are hung.
Aijaz Guru, the elder brother of Parliament attack convict Afzal said, “We cannot bring back Afzal who met such a cruel fate. The authorities were insensitive and did not allow him to meet his family one last time. But perhaps we can ensure that no other family undergoes the same trauma”. Guru was executed on February 9, 2013.
Afzal’s wife and other family members got to know about the execution only when the news went public. Around 51 hours after the terrorist was hung, the authorities of Tihar Jail sent a letter to the authorities saying that Afzal had been executed. This later generated a wave of anger in the Kashmir Valley. The family has also noted the words of the Chief Justice of India Justice Altamas Kabir, who said that the family of the death row convicts must be informed in advance about the execution.
The family of the executed militant now want the Supreme Court to take notice of the matter and lay down the rule that families must be informed before anyone is put to death under law.