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Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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ROME — Pope Francis has declared the death penalty inadmissible in all cases because it is “an attack” on the “dignity of the person,” the Vatican announced on Thursday, in a definitive shift in Roman Catholic teaching that could put enormous pressure on lawmakers and politicians around the world.
Francis, who has spoken out against capital punishment before — including in 2015 in an address to Congress — added the change to the Catechism, the collection of beliefs for the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
The revision says the church would work “with determination” for the abolition of capital punishment worldwide.
“I think this will be a big deal for the future of the death penalty in the world,” said John Thavis, a Vatican expert and author. “People who work with prisoners on death row will be thrilled, and I think this will become a banner social justice issue for the church,” he added.
Sergio D’Elia, the secretary of Hands Off Cain, an association that works to abolish capital puni…

Kopardi case: Three get death for India teen's rape and murder

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A court in India has given the death penalty to three men convicted for the rape and murder of a 15-year-old girl.

The men, in their 20s, had raped the teenager in July last year. 

The court had declared them guilty on 18 November.


The victim belonged to the upper-caste Maratha community while the men were all Dalits, formerly untouchables.

The crime saw millions of Marathas holding silent protests across the western state of Maharashtra for weeks.

The victim and her attackers both lived in Kopardi village and the crime is widely known as the Kopardi case.

The brutality of the crime has led many to compare the case with the 2012 gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in the Indian capital, Delhi.

There has been increased focus on crimes against women in recent years in India.

However, thousands of rapes continue to be reported to the police every year.

Source: BBC News, November 29, 2017


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