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Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

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"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
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India: Court sentences man to death for rape, killing of housemaid

A special court has sentenced an Indian businessman and his domestic help to death for the brutal rape and murder of a 25-year-old housemaid in their home in Noida city on the outskirts of the national capital in 2006.

The court of India's Central Bureau of Investigation pronounced the quantum of punishment, a day after holding businessman Maninder Pandher and his aide Surinder Koli guilty in the crime they had committed in their house in Nithari village in Noida.

This was the 9th of a total of 16 cases in the macabre serial killings that took place in Nithari in 2005 and 2006.

While Koli has been found guilty in the earlier 8 cases and awarded death penalty, Pandher was convicted in 3 cases and sentenced to death in 2.

Handing down the punishment in the latest case, special CBI judge P.K. Tiwari said both Koli and Pandher were involved in the rape and murder of housemaid Anjali in 2006, and they deserved to be punished in the strictest manner.

"Koli had dragged the victim inside the house and made her unconscious, raped her, and then ate her flesh, therefore death sentence is the only option in law.

"Pandher was also involved in the crime. Both will be hanged till death," the court held.

Anjali, who used to work as a housemaid in Noida, was reported missing in October 2006.

Her killing came to light after Koli's arrest in December that year when police discovered skulls and bones of 16 persons, mostly children, near Pandher's house.

The CBI took over the case from the local police subsequently and charge sheets have been filed in 10 out of 16 cases.

The other cases are under trial.

Source: punchng.com, December 10, 2017


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