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Pune BPO employee rape and murder: Bombay HC commutes 2 convicts' death penalty to life term

The Bombay HC said there had been 'inordinate delay' in executing them, and berated the state government for 'using telegram and express letters in this digital era'.

Rajya Sabha members support amendments to POCSO Act

The Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday by Women and Child Development Minister Smriti Irani.


Congress MP seeks abolition of death penalty

Moving the bill, Pradeep Tamta said that countries around the world were moving away from awarding capital punishment and India should also follow suit.

Rethink death penalty

Supreme Court decision to recall its own order, acquit six on death row, is another reminder why it needs to go.

Madhya Pradesh life imprisonment count for rapists: 150 in 10 months

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.

Malaysia to abolish colonial-era Sedition Act, death penalty

In a statement on Thursday, Amnesty International said the decision was a "major step forward".


Sri Lanka President to end moratorium on death penalty

Last week, Sirisena said convicted drug traffickers will be hanged as a part of the government's crackdown on narcotics. Sri Lanka has maintained the moratorium since its last execution in 1976.

First in Rajasthan under new law In 73 days, youth gets death penalty for raping infant

Earlier this week, the Union Cabinet approved the Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which will be introduced in the Monsoon Session of Parliament.

European Union, embassies urge Lankan government to maintain moratorium on death penalties

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.

SC upholds death sentence for 2012 Delhi gangrape convicts: How they can appeal against it

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.

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From condemning rape to promising Triple Talaq Bill, Narendra Modi makes a pitch to women voters in I-day speech

From Red Fort, Narendra Modi pitches to women voters; condemns rape, promises permanent commission for women and triple talaq bill. See more:

Plenty of evidence to show death penalty for child rapists is no deterrent

The government's proposal to modify the Prevention of Children from Sexual Offences Act or POCSO Act and ensure death penalty for child rapists has many problems. Shalini Nair reports.