Pope Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible in All Cases

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: Madhya Pradesh to felicitate officials for speedy child rape trials

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About 60 officials from prosecution, forensic science laboratory (FSL) and police departments have been invited to the chief minister’s residence on Friday for the felicitation.

After becoming the first state to pass a law awarding death penalty for rape of girls aged below 12 years, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to felicitate the officials involved in such trials in which the death penalty was awarded.

About 60 officials from prosecution, forensic science laboratory (FSL) and police departments have been invited to the chief minister’s residence on Friday for the felicitation.

Additional director general (women cell) Anvesh Mangal said that officials, including investigating officers and their supervisors, will be handed over certificates of appreciation.

From February 28 to July 27 this year, seven convicts were awarded death sentences in Katni, Dhar, Shahdol, Sagar and Indore districts. 

Officials from Mandsaur and Satna districts have also been called to the state capital.

After protests over rape of minors in the state, the home and police departments are regularly monitoring all such cases. 

While reviewing the law and order situation on July 10, Chouhan had asked top officials of home and police departments to ensure that death penalty is awarded to those convicted of raping minor girls.

Source: Indian Express, Milind Ghatwai, August 2, 2018

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