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India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday September 1, 2015
Death sentence of 306 convicts has been commuted by successive presidents so far out of total 437 such mercy petitions.
India News | Press Trust of India | Monday August 31, 2015
The Law Commission today recommended by a majority "swift" abolition of death penalty except in terror-related cases, noting it does not serve the penological goal of deterrence any more than life imprisonment.
India News | Reported by Sandeep Phukan, Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Tuesday September 1, 2015
Death penalty in India should be abolished for all crimes except cases of terrorism, the top body that recommends legislative reforms in India, the Law Commission, has suggested. The abolition, it has also suggested, should be done in a "phased manner".
India News | Reported by A Vaidyanathan, Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Sunday August 23, 2015
In the wake of the debate over the death penalty following the execution of Mumbai attack convict Yakub Memon, the Supreme Court has said the death penalty is not inhuman or barbaric and will not violate the right to life and liberty in heinous crimes.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday August 13, 2015
Pakistan's army on Thursday announced the death penalty for six terrorists linked to an assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 151 people, mainly school children, in the country's deadliest terror attack.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Thursday August 13, 2015
A Texas inmate convicted for killing a police officer was executed on Wednesday, after he waived his appeals, saying he wanted to die, prison officials and local media said.
India News | Press Trust of India | Wednesday August 12, 2015
A court at Maihar in Satna district of Madhya Pradesh has sentenced a 34-year-old man to death for rape and murder of a five-year-old girl.
India News | David Barstow, The New York Times | Sunday August 9, 2015
India's government on Friday accused three television networks of violating broadcasting regulations by showing interviews that criticized the execution of Yakub Memon, hanged last month for bombings that killed 257 people in Mumbai in 1993.
World News | Reuters | Saturday August 8, 2015
A Colorado jury sentenced movie rampage gunman James Holmes to life in prison on Friday, rejecting the death penalty for the 27-year-old who entered a midnight showing of a Batman film wearing a gas mask, helmet and body armour and shot dead a dozen people.
India News | Reported by Saurabh Gupta, Edited by Anindita Sanyal | Wednesday August 5, 2015
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval today defended the execution of 1993 Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon, saying it was wrong to claim that Yakub was penalised as his brother Tiger Memon, the mastermind of the attack, was not caught.
World News | Reuters | Tuesday August 4, 2015
James Holmes, the Colorado movie massacre gunman, could face the death penalty after jurors found on Monday that aggravating factors including the cruel nature of his crimes counted for more than mitigating ones such as mental illness.
India News | Press Trust of India | Saturday August 1, 2015
A Supreme Court Deputy Registrar has resigned attacking the judgement clearing the death penalty for 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Saturday August 1, 2015
A death row inmate in Oklahoma who unsuccessfully sought to ban a controversial drug used in lethal injections will ask the Supreme Court to consider if capital punishment is constitutional, his lawyer said Friday.
Opinion | Ashok Malik | Friday July 31, 2015
How does one compare wrongdoing? Why should an Ajmal Kasab hang if those who killed Rajiv Gandhi don't need to? How is Yakub Memon designated more evil and less capable of redemption than Surendra Koli, the child killer of Nithari?
India News | Edited by Abhishek Chakraborty | Friday July 31, 2015
As Yakub Memon was hanged today in a Nagpur jail, security has been added for the three judges who rejected his last-minute appeal in an unprecedented hearing that took place in the Supreme Court in the middle of the night.
Diaspora | Press Trust of India | Thursday July 30, 2015
A 26-year-old Malaysian of Indian-origin has been sentenced to life for trying to smuggle drugs into Singapore, a crime that carries death penalty in the country.
Opinion | Shashi Tharoor | Thursday July 30, 2015
Should our society be practising the philosophy of 'an eye for an eye'?
India News | Press Trust of India | Thursday July 30, 2015
A comprehensive anti-hijack bill that provides for death penalty for hijackers even in the event of on-ground staff casualties was on Wednesday approved by the Union Cabinet which also widened the definition of this crime.
Diaspora | Press Trust of India | Wednesday July 29, 2015
A 29-year-old Indian software engineer, facing death penalty for a double murder, has told a US court that he would present himself during an appeal to the State Supreme Court in Pennsylvania.
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday July 28, 2015
Uncertainty continued today over whether Yakub Memon, the sole 1993 Mumbai blasts convict on death row, will be hanged on July 30, with the Supreme Court asking Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi to clarify tomorrow the rules relating to curative petitions, the last judicial remedy in law.
World News | Reuters | Friday July 24, 2015
Jurors in the Colorado movie massacre trial found on Thursday the prosecution had proved aggravating factors that, the state has argued, make the 2012 rampage so heinous that the gunman, James Holmes, deserves be put to death.
World News | Reuters | Wednesday July 15, 2015
Kuwait seeks the death penalty for 11 out of 29 suspects being prosecuted for their alleged role in a deadly suicide bombing in a mosque last month, newspaper al-Qabas reported on Wednesday.
World News | Agence France-Presse | Tuesday July 14, 2015
Protestors took to the streets across Bangladesh Tuesday to demand the death penalty for the killers of a 13-year-old boy as anger mounted over the sickening lynching which was captured on video and then went viral.
India News | Press Trust of India | Tuesday July 14, 2015
The Supreme Court on Monday sought response of Nithari serial killings case convict Surender Koli on a plea of the Uttar Pradesh government against the Allahabad High Court verdict that commuted his death penalty to life term earlier this year.