Jafar Ali
Occupation Tempo driver
Born ca. 1967
Penalty Sentenced to death
Imprisoned at Fatehgarh Central Jail
Spouse(s) Roshan Ara
Attack information
Date July 17, 2002
Location(s) Etawah, India
Target(s) Family
Killed 6
Weapon(s) Melee weapon

Jafar Ali was an Indian tempo driver who killed his wife and five daughters by cutting their throats with a sharp-edged weapon at their house in the Muhal Purohitan Tola area of Etawah, India on the morning of July 17, 2002.[1][2]

The 35-year-old, who was originally from Shikohabad, killed his family apparently because of severe poverty and suspicions that his wife had an extramarital relationship, and afterwards went to the police station, where he surrendered himself. His three sons, who had witnessed the incident, survived.[3][4]

Ali was sentenced to death on July 14, 2003 and brought to the Fatehgarh Central Jail. Because his friends and relatives abandoned and never visited him, his aggressiveness increased to such a degree that eventually he had to be held in isolation. After his appeals were dismissed by the Allahabad high court on January 27, 2004, and by the Supreme Court on April 5, 2004, he sent a petition for mercy to the president, which was pending from August 18, 2006 until April 2013, when it was rejected.[5][6][7] On January 21, 2014 the Supreme Court commuted his sentence to life imprisonment due to the delay in the decision of his mercy plea.[8][9]


  • Roshan Ara, 32
  • Banu, 11
  • Rubina, 8
  • Nagina, 6
  • Madina, 7
  • Alvia, 2


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