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2018 Death Penalty report: Saudi Arabia’s False Promise

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With crown prince Mohammed bin Salman at the helm, 2018 was a deeply violent and barbaric year for Saudi Arabia, under his de facto leadership.
PhotoDeera Square is a public space located in front of the Religious Police building in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in which public executions (usually by beheading) take place. It is sometimes known as Justice Square and colloquially called Chop Chop Square. After Friday prayers, police and other officials clear the area to make way for the execution to take place. After the beheading of the condemned, the head is stitched to the body which is wrapped up and taken away for the final rites.
This year execution rates of 149 executions, shows an increase from the previous year of three executions, indicating that death penalty trends are soaring and there is no reversal of this trend in sight.
The execution rates between 2015-2018 are amongst the highest recorded in the Kingdom since the 1990s and coincide with the ascension of king Salman to the t…

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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