New Delhi, June 17: A day after President Ram Nath Kovind rejected Tamil Nadu government’s request to release seven life convicts in the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, mother of one of them decided to seek euthanasia or mercy killing for him to end his suffering. 71-year-old Arputham Ammal, the mother of convict A G Perarivalan, has been seeking the release of his son since 1991.
“Our case was in Supreme Court, not before the President. My son was arrested when he was 19. He was behind bars for 27 years and never got reprieve until a brief parole last year. If our system wants him to die in prison, my son doesn’t want to live in this agony. I don’t want my son to live in agony anymore,” Arputham said.
She further added that she will write to the state and central governments “seeking euthanasia” for her son to end his suffering.
Arputham also petitioned minister of law, court and prisons C. V. Shanmugam to not shift her son from Puzhal Central Prison until his release. Perarivalan was shifted to Puzhal some two weeks ago to continue his medical treatment at the Rajiv Gandhi General Government Hospital.
“He was much better here and the change of place also helped him. Hence, I submitted a petition to the minister in person and requested him not to shift him back to the Vellore Central Prison,” Perarivalan’s mother said.
Reacting to President Ram Nath Kovind’s rejection of TN government’s plea to release her son, she said, “We want to live in peace and spend the rest of our lives with my son. We are eagerly waiting for his early release. Everything faded away. We have no more strength to continue the legal battle against the powerful Centre.”