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Tennessee execution: Billy Ray Irick tortured to death, expert says in new filing

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Editor's note: Reporter Dave Boucher was one of seven state-required media witnesses at Irick's execution. 
Billy Ray Irick felt searing pain akin to torture before he died in a Tennessee prison in August, but steps taken in carrying out his execution blocked signs of suffering, according to a doctor who reviewed information about the lethal injection.
In new court filings entered late Thursday amidst an ongoing legal challenge of Tennessee’s lethal injection protocol, Dr. David Lubarsky said statements from people who witnessed the execution indicated the controversial drug midazolam failed to ensure Irick could not feel pain during his death.
As a result, the death row inmate “experienced the feeling of choking, drowning in his own fluids, suffocating, being buried alive, and the burning sensation caused by the injection of the potassium chloride,” Lubarsky wrote in the filing.
The document also says the state did not follow its own lethal injection protocol, raising questio…

Indian protesters block streets, demand death penalty over rape of 8-year-old girl

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HUNDREDS of protesters have taken to the streets for the third day of rallies over the rape of an eight-year-old girl now battling for her life in hospital.

Hundreds of people on Saturday blocked streets and shut down businesses in parts of Central India to protest the rape of a 8-year-old girl.

The protesters demanded the death penalty for two suspects arrested on suspicion of raping the girl and trying to slit her throat with a knife on Tuesday in Mandsaur, a town in Madhya Pradesh state.


The town is 685 kilometres southwest of New Delhi.

The girl was allegedly abducted while waiting to be picked up from school by her parents. 

She is in a stable condition in a hospital, police officer Manoj Kumar Singh said.

Crimes against women in India have been rising despite tougher laws.

India has been shaken by a series of sexual assaults since 2012, when a student was gang- raped and murdered on a moving New Delhi bus.

The government has passed a series of laws increasing punishment for rape of an adult to 20 years in prison, but it’s rare for more than a few weeks to pass without another report of a brutal sexual assault.

Responding to widespread outrage over the recent rape and killing of young girls and other attacks on children, India’s government recently approved the death penalty for people convicted of raping children under 12.

Source: news.com.au, July 1, 2018


Rape victim's father wants death penalty for accused


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The father of an eight-year-old girl, who was allegedly gang-raped in Mandsaur district, today demanded capital punishment for the accused, saying he does not want compensation from the government.

The victim, whose father is a flower vendor in Mandsaur about 200 km from here, was raped on June 26 after having been abducted from outside her school by two men.

She had suffered grievous injuries to her neck, face, head and private parts and was admitted to the Maharaja Yeshwantrao (MY) hospital here on June 27.

The girl's father told reporters at the hospital that his family wants death sentence for the accused.

"Our family doesn't want compensation from the government. We want the legal process in this case to be completed at the earliest and convicts be awarded death sentence as soon as possible," the distraught man said.

Asked about the state government's decision to extend a financial assistance worth Rs 10 lakh to his family, he said, "Money is not an issue. We only want justice." 

He also said he was satisfied with the treatment being provided to his daughter by doctors at MY Hospital.

"Doctors from outside are also coming to treat my daughter. She would get the right treatment here. Her condition is expected to improve further in the next couple of days," he said.

The hospital's superintendent had yesterday said the victim's wounds were healing and she was likely to be discharged from the hospital in about two weeks.

The team of doctors from the hospital were being advised by two private paediatricians to ensure the best possible treatment for the minor, as directed by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, he had said.

Meanwhile, Mandsaur District Collector O P Shrivastava told PTI that Rs five lakh from the chief minister's discretionary fund was transferred to the bank account of the victim's father on Saturday to provide immediate financial assistance to the family.

Another instalment of Rs five lakh will be deposited tomorrow, he said.

After discharge from the hospital, the girl would be provided counselling by a senior psychiatrist so that she can recover from the trauma and lead a normal life.

Earlier, the two accused -- Irfan alias Bhaiyu (20) and Asif (24) -- were arrested in connection with the case and booked under relevant sections of the IPC and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.

Source: PTI, July 1, 2018


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