Tomorrow, Sikhs in San Francisco and New York will be protesting outside the Indian consulate offices in each city at noon (local time) against India’s imminent execution of Professor Devender Pal Singh Bhullar . As mentioned on this blog last week, Professor Bhullar has been sentenced to death by hanging in India for a 1993 bombing even though the evidence convicting him and the judicial process thereof has been extremely questionable. Adding to the dubious nature of this case is that India’s judiciary rejected the final plea for clemency by Devender Pal Singh’s family despite that his physicians have openly expressed concerns about his mental and physical condition.
Now with “rumours” of Bhullar’s hanging gaining momentum, the doctor admitted that he was having sleepless nights. “The angst of sending my patient … a man, who is mentally not well, to the gallows is disturbing.”
Sikh American organizations have also expressed concern about Devender Pal Singh’s case and have collectively sent an appeal to the US Department of State and human rights commissions to call on the Government of India to halt the execution.
The joint letters highlight the presence of reasonable doubt and the failure of India to respect basic international norms of due process, which call into question the legality of Bhullar’s prolonged detention and death sentence.
It is incomprehensible that a government — a self-proclaimed democracy — would choose to execute a man in this manner with barely any legitimate evidence.
Protests against the execution of Devender Pal Singh have taken place around the world this week, including in Canada and in the United Kingdom. On Thursday, Americans will also add their voice. More information about tomorrow’s demonstrations in San Francisco and New York is available here.