Iran: The death penalty is an inhumane punishment for death row prisoners, their families and society as a whole

"Whether guilty or not, the outcome of the death penalty is the same. In Iran, the death penalty is by hanging, and it takes from several agonising seconds to several harrowing minutes for death to occur and for everything to be over."

Every year several hundred people are executed by the Iranian authorities.
According to reports by Iran Human Rights (IHR) and other human rights groups, death row prisoners have often no access to a defence lawyer after their arrest and are sentenced to death following unfair trials and based on confessions extracted from them under torture. 
These are issues which have been addressed in IHR’s previous reports. The current report is based on first-hand accounts of several inmates held in Iran's prisons and their families. The report seeks to illustrate other aspects of how the death penalty affects the inmate, their families and, as a consequence, society.
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Madras HC quashes death penalty in Tiruvannamalai child murder case, orders CBI probe

Madras HC
The Madras High Court observed that the police had failed to prove charges against Manikandan, the accused.

The Madras High Court on Tuesday quashed the death penalty awarded to a man by the Tiruvannamalai District Fast Track Mahila Court for the murder of a 4-year-old girl.

While quashing the death sentence, the High Court observed that the police have failed to prove charges against Manikandan. The bench comprising of Justice S Vimala and Justice S Ramathilagam, has ordered the case to be investigated by the CBI.

28-year-old Manikandan was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murdering 4-year-old Pechiammal. Following this, Manikandan appealed to the Madras High Court against the sentence.

Manikandan, a resident of Melapalanandhal village in Tiruvannamalai district, allegedly kidnapped Pechiammal, daughter of Paramasivam from her school at Mangalam village on June 10, 2013, reported The Times of India. Paramasivam lodged a complaint with the Mangalam police station on June 13, 2013.

Following this, Manikandan absconded.

The girl’s body was found floating in a well in Arapakkam on June 19, reported The Hindu. Inquiry conducted at the school revealed that Manikandan had allegedly taken the girl from school. Manikandan, who had been absconding, was arrested on June 22.

Manikandan allegedly confessed to the kidnap and murder of the child, citing financial dispute with her father as the motive. Manikandan, who had borrowed money from Paramasivam, and the two got into a quarrel when Paramasivam asked him to return the money. Manikandan asked Paramasivam for more money, offering to repay the loan after he started a business. However, Paramasivam refused to give more money, says The Hindu report.

Principal District Judge G Mahizhenthi of the Tiruvannamalai District Fast Track Mahila Court awarded Manikandan death sentence on January 31 under section 302 (Punishment for Murder) of IPC. He was also sentenced to life imprisonment and a fine of Rs 5,000 was imposed under section 364A (Kidnapping for Ransom).

Source: thenewsminute.com, Staff, July 25, 2018

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