Teacher who butchered seven family members set to be the first woman executed ...

A teacher who was convicted of murdering seven of her family members is set to become the first woman to be executed in India in 66 years. 

Prison authorities in the state of Uttar Pradesh have begun preparations to hang Shabnam Ali, 38, who has been on death row for 11 years.

She was found guilty, along with her lover Saleem, of the brutal killings which happened in the city of Amroha in 2008. 

The pair were expecting a child together and had wanted to get married but Shabnam's family were said to be against the match as he was from a less affluent background.

Now, the couple's 12-year-old son Taj has made a last-ditch attempt to save his mother's life, appealing to the state governor, and President Ram Nath Kovind to review a mercy petition and pardon Shabnam.

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A teacher who was convicted of murdering seven of her family members is set to become the first woman to be executed in India in 66 years. Prison authorities in the state of Uttar Pradesh have begun preparations to hang Shabnam Ali (pictured), 38, who has been on death row for 11 years

A teacher who was convicted of murdering seven of her family members is set to become the first woman to be executed in India in 66 years. Prison authorities in the state of Uttar Pradesh have begun preparations to hang Shabnam Ali (pictured), 38, who has been on death row for 11 years

Taj was born in jail and has lived with foster parents for the last six years as law does not allow a mother to live with her child in jail beyond the age of six. He made his appeal after visiting his mother at the Mathura prison on Sunday.

'When I met Ammi (mum) on Sunday, she told me to study hard and be a good human being, no matter whatever I do in life,' he told Arab News.

'She asked me not to worry.

'I hope the respected president of India will not disappoint a child like me and pardon my mother.'

Shabnam and Saleem were found guilty of drugging Shabnam's father, mother, two brothers and their wives before hacking them to death with an axe, the South China Morning Post reported. 

Shabnam, a former primary school teacher, then strangled her 10-month-old nephew.

The couple were given the death penalty in 2010, with the ruling going through a number of failed appeals since then. 

It was first upheld by Uttar Pradesh's high court in Allahabad, an appeal to India's Supreme Court then failed in 2015.

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A year later, then-president Pranab Mukherjee rejected Shabnam's mercy petition, which she had made on the grounds of being a mother to a young child. 

In January 2020, the Supreme Court also dismissed her plea for a review of that rejection. 

Despite the various failed attempts, there are still some legal options open to Shabnam, Supreme Court

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