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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's Supreme Court stays death for child rapist

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Bhagwani says he was rendered ineffective legal assistance in lower courts

The Supreme Court has stayed the execution of the death sentence of a child rapist and murderer after he pleaded in appeal that he was rendered ineffective legal assistance in the lower courts.

A vacation Bench of Justices A.M. Khanwilkar and Indu Malhotra called for the records of the case and froze the execution of Bhagwani, who came in appeal against the decision of the Madhya Pradesh High Court confirming his death sentence for the rape and murder of a 11-year-old girl.

In its judgment, the High Court found that the brutal crime against an innocent child was committed for the sheer satisfaction of crime and there was a complete lack of mitigating factors to help the accused escape the gallows.

The High Court highlighted the case as an example of the rising brutality and crimes committed against children.

It said the circumstances required the death penalty to be treated as a measure of social necessity and a deterrent against child sex offenders and murderers.

The prosecution records showed that the victim was kidnapped and raped, after which she was strangled to death and her body left by the road.

Source: The Hindu, May 26, 2018


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