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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: Death penalty to rapist and killer of 4-month-old girl

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The Indore district court on Saturday pronounced death sentence for the convict in rape and murder case of a four-month-old girl. 

The district court announced life term for rape under the POCSO Act and death sentence for murder.

This is the first case in Indore where the verdict has been passed in just 21 days. 

The incident took place in the intervening night of April 18 and 19. 

The infant was raped and her body was recovered soaked in blood from the basement of a building.

Analysing the brutality of the case, DIG Harinarayanachari Mishra had formed an SIT to investigate the matter. 

Sonu Bai, the victim’s mother had demanded that the convict Naveen Gadge be executed at the earliest.

Taking cognizance of such crimes, President Ram Nath Kovind, on April 22, promulgated the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, for effective deterrence against the commission of rape.

The ordinance seeks the death penalty for the rapists of girls below 12 years of age and stringent punishment for perpetrators of rape particularly of girls below 16 years, thereby strengthening the POCSO Act.

Source: dailypioneer.com, May 13, 2018


Indore man gets death penalty after 3-week trial for raping, killing infant


Sunil Bheel was arrested on April 21 for allegedly assaulting the 6-month child after an argument with her mother.

A court in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday sentenced to death a man who 3 weeks ago was arrested for raping and killing a baby girl in Indore.

Sunil Bheel was arrested on April 21 for allegedly assaulting the 6-month child after an argument with her mother. 

Police had used security camera footage to track down Bheel, 21, who was seen carrying the child to the basement of a building near Rajwada fort.

Bheel and the child's parents sold balloons on streets and knew each other. Some media reports said the child was 4 months old.

Source: Hindustan Times: May 13, 2018


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