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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…

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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