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The Hanging of Afzal Guru and the Strange Case of the Attack on the Indian Parliament

Arundhati Roy

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Completed on 23 May 2022
ISBN : 9780143420750

On 13 December 2001, the Indian Parliament was attacked by a few heavily armed men. Fifteen years later, we still do not know who was behind the attack, nor the identity of the attackers. Both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India have noted that the police violated legal safeguards, fabricated evidence and extracted false confessions. Yet, on 9 February 2013, one man, Mohammad Afzal Guru, was hanged to 'satisfy' the 'collective conscience' of society. This reader brings together essays by lawyers, academics, journalists and writers who have looked closely at the available facts and who have raised serious questions about the investigations and the trial. This new version examines the implications of Mohammad Afzal Guru’s hanging and what it says about the Indian government’s relationship with Kashmir. 


A great book that teaches us a lot about law and order. A few heavily armed men stormed the Indian Parliament on December 13, 2001. We still don't know who committed the attack or who the perpetrators were 15 years later. The police broke the law, made up evidence, and coerced false confessions, according to the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court of India. However, on February 9, 2013, Mohammad Afzal Guru was hanged to "satisfy" society's "collective conscience."

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