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Oklahoma | I went inside death row, what I saw made me sick - Henry McLeish

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The evolution of civilised behaviour, indicating a retreat from barbarism, has become a distinctive feature of most modern western democracies, but America often disappoints, retaining practices that shock, sadden, and in my case, nearly made me physically sick.
My visit to death row at McAlester State Penitentiary, Oklahoma, brought home to me, how the final setting for government sponsored killings, combined with execution by lethal injection, brought a brutal end to lives. And made a mockery of the idea of justice, offering instead a violent, humiliating, and inhuman act of revenge, with no serious pretence that any of these end of life dramas, provide any deterrence in criminal justice terms. Formerly known as “Indian Territory”, and home of the Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma, with a population of over 4 million, became a state in 1907. Located in America’s “Bible” belt, where there is a strong fundamentalist Christian tradition and powerful Republican politics, Oklahoma remains a pro…

India | Two Tripura youths sentenced to death for rape-murder of 14-year-old girl

Agartala, Feb 13 (IANS) -- A special district court in southern Tripura on Thursday pronounced death sentence for two youths accused of brutal gangrape and murder of a 14-year-old girl.

Special Public Prosecutor Paltu Das said special district court in Udaipur (southern Tripura) judge A.K. Nath sentenced Kastarai Tripura (33) and Bhanjoy Tripura (35) to death by hanging.

The convicts residents of Amarpur under Gomati district.

Das told media that both the accused raped the girl when she was going to school on December 5, 2018 and killed her before burying her body in a nearby jungle.

Soon after the verdict, the two facing death row were taken to the Gomati district jail amid tight security.

After the gruesome crime, the elder brother of the victim had filed an FIR in the Natun Bazar police station before the police launched the probe under various sections of Indian Penal Code and the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POSCO) Act.

In the course of the trial, the special district court recorded statements of 32 witnesses.

Source: IANS, Staff, February 13, 2020


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