Raelin's murder: Facebook group calls for death penalty

2009-03-27 00:00

A Facebook group requesting the reinstatement of the death penalty for the murder of six-year-old Raelin Devnarain has attracted more than 5 300 users in 11 days and is continuing to grow rapidly.

The online group, which was started on March 16, has rapidly gained momentum without much assistance from its creator, Litishia Govender.

Govender has just 168 friends on Facebook, while yesterday the group’s membership tally was up to 5 331.

As of yesterday, the group had attracted 351 wall posts from people urging the government to re-examine its stance on the death penalty. The discourse ranges from condolescenes to infuriated angst.

“Heart-breaking ... The criminal could never be punished enough,” wrote Herosha Chain.

Junaid Gany wrote: “We should catch those dogs and torture them slowly — cut their hands off first”.

“Justice needs to be served; they are sick dogs that need to be killed in a damn painful manner!” wrote Farzana Mia.

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