Nearly 150 rapists have been sentenced to life imprisonment by various courts in the last 10 months in Madhya Pradesh, the only state which awards points to public prosecutors to secure more and prompt conviction.
There is a rising crime wave in Sri Lanka, including gang-related killings, narcotics, robberies and sex crimes, leading to a public outcry demanding executions. Government will now execute prisoners who have allegedly taken advantage of a moratorium on executions to continue their drug trade from prison.
The apex court has upheld the death sentence for three convicts in the December 16 gangrape case. Here's an explainer on what avenues are still open to the convicts, how death sentences are carried out and what crimes result in the death penalty.