As Nirbhaya is about to get justice when her rapists will be hanged on January 22, the chosen hangman Pawan Jallad is also thanking God for this judgment.
Pawan was chosen by UP jail administration for executing the death sentence of all the four convicts of the Nirbhaya rape and murder case. Sharing how this judgment will help him in conducting his daughter’s marriage, he shared with the news agency IANS :
“I am almost broke. If I hang all these four convicts (in Tihar), I will be awarded Rs 1 lakh by the government… I need this money for my daughter’s marriage.” “For months I have been waiting for this opportunity…Bhagwan ne meri sun hi li (God finally heard my prayers)”
Being allocated to a room, Pawan has been alerted by UP jail officials not to move out of the district. Pawan has recently revealed how he is preparing himself for the execution:
“I am preparing myself for 22 (January). They (officials) have told me, in any of these coming days, maybe, by the day after tomorrow or so, they would take me from here to Tihar. I have to reach much earlier as we have to do a lot of rehearsals to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day of hanging,” said Pawan, the fourth generation Jallad of the Laxman Kumar family in Meerut’s Bhumiyapull area.
Even before any questions are asked to him, he recounts his poor financial condition and shares how this execution will give him a new lease of life:
“The UP jail administration pays me only Rs 5,000 (per month). I have no other source of earning. Sirf fansi se jeevan chal sakta hai (only by executing the death penalty can I earn my living).”
“My daughter is grown up. But I have no money to marry her off. My ancestral house is in dilapidated condition but I have no funds for repairs. I am already in debt and hounded by lenders. Believe me, this money (Rs 1 lakh) gives me a new lease of life.”
It is a surprising coincidence that this judgment will not only provide justice to Nirbhaya and her family but will also pull out another daughter and her family from financial turmoil.
At IFORHER, we are eagerly waiting for 22nd January, hope you are too!