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

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"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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Madhya Pradesh High Court upholds death penalty for rape of 4-year-old

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He was also sentenced to life imprisonment under Section 5/6 of POCSO Act. The convict had moved an appeal against that conviction and sentence.

A LITTLE more than five months after a trial court sentenced a 22-year-old man to death for raping and murdering a four-year-old girl, the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday confirmed the capital punishment.

“This court has the social responsibility to make citizens know that law cannot come to the rescue of such a person on the basis of humanity. The extreme punishment may convey a message to these predators that it is not a soft state where criminals committing such serious crimes may get reprieve in the guise of humanity,’’ a division bench of HC Chief Justice Hemant Gupta and justice Vijay Kumar Shukla observed while dismissing the appeal filed by the convict, Vinod, alias Rahul Choutha.

He had raped and killed the girl on May 13, 2017. The victim’s body was found two days later.

Vinod was awarded capital punishment by the POCSO special court in Shahdol on February 28. He was also sentenced to life imprisonment under Section 5/6 of POCSO Act. The convict had moved an appeal against that conviction and sentence.

The court said, “Humanity is more in danger in the hands of persons like the appellant. We find that capital punishment awarded to the appellant is one of the rarest of rare cases where the capital punishment is warranted.”

The bench said, “He violated her and took her life within 3-4 hours of taking her with him. It is an act of extreme depravity when the appellant prompted a young child whose only fault was that she believed the appellant to be her well-wisher. Crimes against the girl child are on rise, (and) extreme punishment may deter other criminals…”

Source: Indian Express, Milind Ghatwai, August 9, 2018


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