KOCHI: The Anti-death Penalty Movement has called for a dawn-to-dusk hartal in the State on Wednesday, demanding a ban on capital punishment.
Besides ban on capital punishment and implementation of the National Law Commission recommendations to impose moratorium on death penalty, the Anti-death Penalty Movement is also demanding steps to protect the rights of the prisoners.
“The protest of the movement is also aimed at pressing the State Assembly to pass a resolution against death sentence,” stated a press release issued by the organisation.
“The hartal coincides with the anniversary of issuance of an order by rulers of the erstwhile Travancore, banning capital punishment. Travancore had banned death penalty on November 11, 1944,” stated the press release.
“Many organisations, including the Adivasi Gotra Mahasabha, Porattam, NCHO, PUCL and the Purogamana Kala Sahitya Sangham, have expressed solidarity with the hartal, which will start at 6.00 am on Wednesday,” said Anti-Death Penalty Movement convener George.