Stop the execution of S. Balwant Singh Rajoana
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This petition was created to stop the execution of S. Balwant Singh Rajoana, who was indicted in the murder of Beant Singh (Chief Minister, Punjab, India). Beant Singh was widely held responsible by many Sikhs for ordering the kidnap, torture and death of many young Sikhs. A report on this by Amnesty International can be found here: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ASA20/008/1995/en/9ff4a8a6-eb5d-11dd-9173-571c5dd871b8/asa200081995en.html. Some accounts of these actions by Punjab Government/Police can be seen here: http://www.disappearances.org/news/mainfile.php/articles_india/26/. Being a devout Sikh, S. Rajoana took the pledge to avenge the atrocities committed by Beant Singh on the general Sikh population. This was accomplished on August 31, 1995. As the court verdict states, S. Rajoana is to be hanged till dead on March 31, 2012. Bhai Sahib accepted the sentence without protest, identifying a lack of faith in the Indian judicial system and accusing Indian courts for applying dual standards of law. The Indian judicial system is one that has continued to protect the culprits of the mass killings of Sikhs (ref: 1984). He has refused to file a mercy plea because he doesn't want to beg for his life. Instead, he requested to be hanged ASAP and requested that his eyes be donated to Bhai Lakhwinder Singh, a blind Raagi (hymn singer) at Sri Harmandir Sahib (The Golden Temple). He also proposed to donate the rest of his organs to anyone in need. (An english translation of his living will can be viewed at http://worldsikhnews.com/2%20July%202008/Balwant%20Singhrajoana%20shames%20death%20sentence.htm ).This petition is hereby being filed on behalf of S. Rajoana to review his case and re-analyze the verdict.
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