Capital Punishment

  • Man sentenced to death for setting ablaze his wife, 3 daughters in 2008 April 23, 2014

    A man has been sentenced to death by a local court for killing his wife and three children six years ago. Additional district judge SM Haseeb on Tuesday said that the case fell in the "rarest of rare category" and awarded capital punishment to Hashim Sheikh. Sheikh had burnt alive his...
  • World's 'longest-serving' death row inmate to have a retrial in Japan March 27, 2014

    Tokyo: A Japanese court on Thursday ordered the release and a retrial of an ageing prisoner accused of murder who served on death row for over 30 years, amid doubts about the evidence used to convict him. Japan and the United States are the only two Group of Seven rich nations...
  • Bangladesh executes Islamist opposition leader Abdul Quader for war crimes December 13, 2013

    Dhaka: Bangladesh on Thursday executed an opposition leader convicted of war crimes hours after the Supreme Court rejected his last-minute appeal, officials said. The death threatened to spark new violence ahead of national elections next month. Sheikh Yousuf Harun, chief government administrator in Dhaka, said Abdul Quader Mollah was hanged at...
  • Gandhi's non-violence ideology more relevant today: Medha Patkar November 10, 2013

    Panaji: Noted social activist Medha Patkar on Sunday said Mahatma Gandhi's ideology of non-violence is more relevant in the present times, and suggested that there should be no capital punishment. "Mahatma Gandhi's ideology of non-violence is very much relevant today. There is no difference between violence whoever does it," Patkar said...
  • Her soul will now rest in peace, says friend of the Delhi gangrape victim September 14, 2013

    The male friend of the Dec 16, 2012 gangrape victim, happy after a court awarded capital punishment to the four convicts in the case, said her soul would now rest in peace. "My friend's soul will now rest in peace," he told IANS. "This is a victory of the nation and I...
  • Arunachal Pradesh school hostel warden arrested for raping 14 girls August 28, 2013

    A shocking case of rape of 14 minor girls allegedly by the hostel warden of a private school in Likabai in West Siang district of Arunachal Pradesh has come to light after a few students reported the matter to police. The rape of the girls in the age group of 4...
  • SC stays death penalty of Maganlal Barela guilty of beheading 5 daughters August 8, 2013

    The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of death sentence awarded to Maganlal Barela, who was scheduled to be hanged in the morning for beheading his five daughters in Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh, till further orders. A bench headed by Chief Justice P Sathasivam said that the stay on...
  • WB: Teacher sent to judicial custody for allegedly banging a student's head against the wall May 18, 2013

    Alipore: A lady teacher who was arrested for allegedly banging a class III student's head against a wall as punishment leading to his death was on Saturday remanded to 14 days judicial custody. Alipore ACJM, SM Shahnawaz, remanded Champa Mondal of the Nirdheshkhali Shishu Shiksha Kendra in South 24 Parganas...
  • Death penalty: India among 21 countries to carry out executions in 2012 April 12, 2013

    Although the global trend towards abolition remained strong, 2012 saw a disappointing resumption of executions in some countries including India, the latest Amnesty International report on death penalty and capital sentencing around the world in 2012 has revealed. The total number of confirmed executions was 682, two more than in...
  • Bhandara rape: Culprits should be hanged, says mother of victims February 21, 2013

    Bhandara: A week after the gruesome rape and murders of three sisters in Bhandara district in Maharashtra, no arrests have been made yet. The mother of the three girls wants the culprits to be hanged in public. "I think the men who did this should be found at the earliest...
  • Mindset and law should change: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar February 20, 2013

    While speaking to CNN-IBN's Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that alcohol is the root cause of crime against women. Below is the full transcript of the show: Sagarika Ghose: Hi there and welcome to the CNN-IBN special, after the brutal Delhi gangrape and subsequent protests,...
  • FTN: What role should spiritual leaders play in raising awareness on women's safety? February 19, 2013

    While speaking to CNN-IBN's Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose, spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said that alcohol is the root cause of crime against women. ...
  • Treat Afzal Guru as Indian first, not just a Kashmiri, says Sri Sri Ravi Shankar February 19, 2013

    Spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar has entered the Afzal Guru hanging debate saying Kashmiris should see Afzal as an Indian and not just a Kashmiri. He added that death penalty should be abolished while speaking to CNN-IBN's Deputy Editor Sagarika Ghose. ...
  • The Last Word: Has the time come for India to abolish death penalty February 12, 2013

    At least five persons were injured as fresh protests broke out in Kashmir on Tuesday against the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru. ...
  • Death sentence does not serve as deterrent: Amartya Sen February 7, 2013

    Kolkata: Amid the nationwide debate over giving rapists the death penalty, Nobel prize winning economist Amartya Sen is not in favour of capital punishment, saying it does not serve as a "deterrent" and "preventive function". Sen at the same time said today he was not against "severe punishment" in critical...
  • Sharmila: Death punishment is not a deterrent for rape February 2, 2013

    Kolkata: Veteran actress Sharmila Tagore Friday opposed capital punishment for rape saying death is neither the ultimate punishment nor a deterrent. "I don't think death is the ultimate punishment. It is not a deterrent because when the person is committing the crime, he thinks that he is not going to...
  • US set to execute first woman in more than two years January 29, 2013

    Austin: Texas is set to execute Kimberly McCarthy by lethal injection on Tuesday, the first woman to be put to death in the United States in more than two years. The execution is scheduled to be carried out at the state prison in Huntsville, Texas after 6.00 pm local time. Women...
  • Punjab govt favours capital punishment in brutal rape cases January 5, 2013

    New Delhi: Punjab government favours death sentence in brutal rape cases, state DGP SS Saini said on Friday. "Government of Punjab is of the view that in brutal rape cases and cases of gangrape death sentence should be given...let the court decide which case deserves the highest punishment," he told...
  • Gangrape accused should get hanged: Krishna Tirath January 4, 2013

    New Delhi: Amid demands for capital punishment for the accused in the Delhi gangrape case, Women and Child Development Minister Krishna Tirath said that she too advocated the suggestion that the culprits should be given "death penalty". Tirath said that death sentence to the accused would discourage men from committing...
  • Anti-rape protests live: People demand capital punishment for culprits December 21, 2012

    New Delhi: 7.08 pm: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) member Yogendra Yadav says steps to prevent such crime should have been taken much earlier. "Steps to stop such crime needs to be taken not just in Delhi, but all over the country...there is an immediate need of speedy trial in such...
  • Maha HM supports capital punishment for rapists December 20, 2012

    Nagpur: Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil said that he supports the demand to award capital punishment to rapists. Replying to a debate on atrocities against women, Patil termed the Delhi incident as deplorable, and backed highest possible punishment to the accused. The view was earlier expressed by women legislators in the...
  • Sarabjit's sister meets him in Lahore jail July 1, 2011

    Jalandhar: The sister of Sarabjit Singh, an Indian national on death row in Pakistan, has met him for the second time in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat Jail, according to his daughter. Dalbir Kaur met Singh in the Jail on Friday and the two exchanged presents. An emotional Singh sent wishes for...
  • Sikh group seeks UN intervention for Bhullar June 18, 2011

    Washington: A Sikh advocacy group is seeking UN intervention to save Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar who has been given the death penalty in a 1993 car bombing case in New Delhi. Bhullar, a former Khalistan Commando Force militant, was given the death penalty in 2001 by a Delhi court under the...
  • My dreams died with my daughter: Gowramma October 8, 2010

    Bangalore: The verdict in BPO employee Prathibha Srikanthamurthy rape and murder case comes as a very special moment for Prathibha’s 80-year-old mother, Gowramma, who has been fighting this battle for justice alone for five years. She broke down after the sentencing. "Where is the question of peace for me...I lost...
  • Life term, not death, for Prathibha's killer October 8, 2010

    The convict cab driver Shiva Kumar, who did not get death penalty, will spend his life till death in jail. ...
  • Prathibha's killer gets life imprisonment October 8, 2010

    Bangalore: Five years after BPO employee Prathibha Srikanthamurthy was raped and murdered, a fast track court sentenced taxi driver Shiva Kumar to "life imprisonment till death" for the heinous crime here on Friday. Pronouncing the judgment in a packed court room, Judge B.V Guddali of the 11th fast track court sentenced...
  • Death penalty should stay: NHRC Chairperson August 1, 2010

    New Delhi: Amid continuing debate over whether death penalty should be abolished in India, NHRC chairperson K G Balakrishnan has favoured continuance of the provision which has a "deterrent effect" in a country where various types of crimes are on rise. The former Chief Justice of India noted that the...
  • Afzal Guru to be hanged; no favour for mercy plea June 23, 2010

    New Delhi: The central Home Ministry has written to the President of India that Afzal Guru's is a fit case for death sentence, in response to the mercy plea filed by his wife Tabassum. The Centre said the nature of the crime is heinous and the convict in the Parliament...
  • FTN: Waiting on death row: a cruel punishment September 22, 2009

    Death row convicts are human beings and “should not be used as pawns in furthering some larger political or Government policy”. The Government must consider their pleas for mercy expeditiously. The Supreme Court said this while dismissing a death row convict’s plea that his punishment be scrapped on the ground that...
  • SC raps govt over delay in mercy plea decisions September 21, 2009

    The Apex Court has rapped the government for delaying decisions on mercy pleas, saying it only allows these cases to be further politicised. ...