FEATURED POST

Will the U.S. Finally End the Death Penalty?

Image
In the past, abolition efforts have faced a backlash—but Gavin Newsom’s moratorium may be different.
The American death penalty is extraordinarily fragile, with death sentences and executions on the decline. Public support for the death penalty has diminished. The practice is increasingly marginalized around the world. California, with its disproportionately large share of American death-row inmates, announces an end to the death penalty. The year? 1972. That’s when the California Supreme Court declared the death penalty inconsistent with the state’s constitutional prohibition of cruel or unusual punishments—only to have the death penalty restored a year later through popular initiative and legislation.
On Wednesday, again, California walked back its commitment to the death penalty. Though not full-fledged abolition, Governor Gavin Newsom declared a moratorium on capital punishment lasting as long as his tenure in office, insisting that the California death penalty has been an “abject…

India's Supreme Court upholds death sentence in Delhi rape case

India's Supreme Court
Top court pronounced its judgement on the review petition filed by 3 out of the 4 convicts handed death penalty.

India's Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence in the 2012 New Delhi bus gang-rape case, a crime that sparked widespread protests leading to stronger anti-rape laws.

The country's top court upheld its own judgement on the death sentence given against four men who had fatally gang raped a 23-year-old physiotherapy student, known as Nirbhaya, on a moving bus in New Delhi.

"There is no material to review our order," said the three-judge bench led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, on the review petition filed by three of the four convicts - Mukesh, Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma - who had been handed the death penalty.

Badrinath Singh, the victim's father, said his daughter has "finally got justice".

"... It took the court 1 year to review the petitions. However, I am happy that my daughter has finally got justice," Singh told reporters.

Of the 6 people arrested for this crime, 1 committed suicide in prison in 2013, while a juvenile defendant was sentenced to 3 years in a reform facility and released in 2015.

The brutal crime had sparked widespread protests and drew international attention over violence against women in India.

'Victorious moment'


A fast-track court had convicted 4 defendants to death less than a year after the brutal gang rape and murder of the paramedic student. It was later upheld by the high court.

Rohan Mahajan, the lawyer representing the family of the gang-rape victim, said it was a "victorious moment".

"Faith in the judiciary has been reinstated. We are satisfied today..." Mahajan told local ANI news agency.

In 2016, police in India registered 38,947 rape complaints compared to 2015, when nearly 35,000 rape cases were reported, according to National Crime Records Bureau data.

The number of rapes reported each year in Delhi has more than tripled over the past 5 years, registering an increase of 277 % from 572 in 2011 to 2,155 in 2016, according to data released by the Delhi Police.

Senior Supreme Court lawyer, Vrinda Grover, said that she was "not at all convinced that it [the verdict] will be a deterrent this time around".

"The death sentence had been confirmed by the Supreme Court sometime back and this was a review petition. What has happened between the confirmation of death sentence and now - there is no diminution of sexual violence against women," Grower said.

"There is absolutely no link between death sentence and deterrence of crime. Hanging a few men will not change the manner in which women are affected by sexual violence in their daily lives. We will be distracted by this death sentence while this enables the state to abdicate its responsibility to protect women."

Source: aljazeer.com, July 9, 2018


⚑ | Report an error, an omission, a typo; suggest a story or a new angle to an existing story; submit a piece, a comment; recommend a resource; contact the webmaster, contact us: deathpenaltynews@gmail.com.


Opposed to Capital Punishment? Help us keep this blog up and running! DONATE!



"One is absolutely sickened, not by the crimes that the wicked have committed,
but by the punishments that the good have inflicted." -- Oscar Wilde

Most Viewed (Last 7 Days)

Singapore executes Michael Garing

Alabama: Tuscaloosa County jury recommends death penalty in capital murder case

Eyewitness to execution: The Sacramento Bee’s coverage of 1992 gas chamber execution

Colorado’s death penalty repeal in holding pattern. Vote margin appears close.

“Texas 7” Member Contests “Law of Parties”

Singapore: Harvesting organs from death row "donors"

Assemblymember Levine Introduces Constitutional Amendment to Abolish California’s Death Penalty

Brunei to pass law that will punish gay sex with death by stoning

Despite Possible Innocence and Intellectual Disability, Alabama Intends to Execute Rocky Myers

A Letter from Sister Helen Prejean to Governor Gavin Newsom