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.
Under the Jammu and Kashmir Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, raping a girl under the age of 12 years can lead to a death sentence. It also provides for 20 years imprisonment, which may extend to the remainder of a convict's natural life.
President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the ordinance for changes in the Indian Penal Code (IPC), the Evidence Act, the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.