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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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Manipur: Court awards death sentence in 2015 rape, murder case

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According to the police report, the villagers knew about the crime which was settled in a hushed way by compensating the parents of the victim internally.

A district court in Manipur on Tuesday awarded death penalty to a 21-year-old man in a 2015 rape and murder case of a 4-year-old girl. 

The sentence is first of its kind in the state since independence.

Special judge, POCSO, A. Noutuneshwari Devi, announced the verdict a day after R David was convicted under section 6 of POCSO Act and section 302 of IPC.

As per the police report, the victim was raped and murdered at a stable in the vicinity of Maram Kavanam Village in December 2015. The convict was arrested two days later after the Mao police station registered a suo motu case.

According to the police report, the villagers knew about the crime which was settled in a hushed way by compensating the parents of the victim internally. 

Following the registration of the case, the body of the deceased girl was exhumed and a post-mortem was conducted in the presence of a magistrate. 

The reports concluded sexual assault and death from strangulation.

Charges against David were framed on July 5, 2018, after examining 21 witnesses during the course of the hearing.

Terming the case, rarest of the rare, the Judge said, “There is no mitigating factor to deter in other alternative punishment. In my considered view, maximum punishment should be awarded and it should be an eye opener for the society at large in order to prevent such brutal and heinous crime in our society. This court has delivered justice to the victim as well as to the society through earnest efforts made by the investigation agency, especially the then 2nd OC of Mao police station”.

The court also recommended for awarding the compensation of Rs. 25 lakhs to mother of the victim as per NALSA.

Source: Indian Express, Jimmy Leivon, July 31, 2018


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