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Shabnam' and Salim's review petition was rejected by the Supreme Court in January 2020, which held that their good conduct in prison could not be a reason for revisiting the death sentence.(Courtesy: livehindustan.com )

‘After the boy was with us, we decided not to have our own child’

By S Raju, Hindustan Times, Meerut
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 12:36 PM IST
  • Usman Saifi and his wife started taking care of Shabnam's child after she was sentenced to death for killing her family
It takes courage to push a conversation that evokes almost zero public sympathy in an audience that is inclined to believe that consent has no place on the marital bed(Shutterstock)
It takes courage to push a conversation that evokes almost zero public sympathy in an audience that is inclined to believe that consent has no place on the marital bed(Shutterstock)

The conversation India refuses to have

By Namita Bhandare
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 08:01 PM IST
In the past few years, India has broken traditional silences on sexual abuse, on consent, and on the rights of sexual minorities. It’s time to break another traditional silence
Balwant Singh Rajoana (centre) was sentenced to death in 2007 for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.(HT file photo)
Balwant Singh Rajoana (centre) was sentenced to death in 2007 for the assassination of former Punjab chief minister Beant Singh in Chandigarh on August 31, 1995.(HT file photo)

Beant Singh assassination: SC asks Centre to decide on Rajoana’s plea to commute death penalty by January 26

Press Trust of India, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2021 02:29 PM IST
Balwant Singh Rajoana was sentenced to death in 2007 for the former Punjab CM’s assassination on August 31, 1995.
In 2003, the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree temporarily suspending the death penalty.(AP representative image)
In 2003, the first president of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree temporarily suspending the death penalty.(AP representative image)

Kazakhstan ratifies international protocol to abolish death penalty

Nur-Sultan | By Asian News International | Posted by Deepali Sharma
PUBLISHED ON JAN 02, 2021 02:34 PM IST
The Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights commits its signatories to ensuring the abolition of death penalty within their jurisdiction, with the exception of war time.
The convict raped and murdered a 7-year-old girl in Pudukkottai district in June.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)
The convict raped and murdered a 7-year-old girl in Pudukkottai district in June.(Representational Photo/Getty Images)

TN man gets double death penalty for rape, murder of 7-year-old girl

Hindustan Times, Chennai | By Divya Chandrababu
PUBLISHED ON DEC 29, 2020 11:28 PM IST
The convict was also awarded life imprisonment for kidnap and murder under the scheduled Castes and Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
The accused, a relative of the victim, had lured her away from her house on the pretext of giving her chocolates and had raped and killed her in a nearby jungle.
The accused, a relative of the victim, had lured her away from her house on the pretext of giving her chocolates and had raped and killed her in a nearby jungle.

Man gets death penalty for rape-murder of 5-year-old girl in Assam

Hindustan Times, Guwahati | By Utpal Parashar
UPDATED ON DEC 22, 2020 08:03 AM IST
The body of the girl, which was buried near a pond, was later recovered following the arrest of the accused.
Shiraishi used Twitter to contact users who posted about taking their own lives, telling them he could help them in their plans -- or even die alongside them.(REUTERS (Representative Image))
Shiraishi used Twitter to contact users who posted about taking their own lives, telling them he could help them in their plans -- or even die alongside them.(REUTERS (Representative Image))

Japan’s ‘Twitter killer’ given death penalty for nine murders

Tokyo, Japan | By Agence France-Presse | Posted by Nilavro Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON DEC 15, 2020 01:14 PM IST
Takahiro Shiraishi, 30, admitted killing and butchering his young victims -- all but one of whom were women -- who he met on the social media platform.
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(HT FILE PHOTO)
A view of the Supreme Court in New Delhi.(HT FILE PHOTO)

Proposal to commute Rajoana’s sentence yet to be sent to President, Centre tells SC

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Utkarsh Anand
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 04:15 PM IST
Former Punjab CM Beant Singh and at least 16 others were killed in an explosion outside the Civil Secretariat in Chandigarh in 1995. Rajoana was sentenced to death in 2007 by a special court. Later, authorities declared that he will not hang in the assassination case.
Since death penalty is the highest punishment in this case, the matter will now be heard by the death referral panel of the high court.(File photo for representation)
Since death penalty is the highest punishment in this case, the matter will now be heard by the death referral panel of the high court.(File photo for representation)

Delhi court awards death to man for ‘brutal, diabolic’ murder of 12-year-old boy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 06:37 AM IST
A Delhi court awarded death penalty to a man convicted of the kidnap and murder of a 12-year-old boy in March 2009.
The victim’s father said that he had finally got justice. (HT Photo)
The victim’s father said that he had finally got justice. (HT Photo)

2 women sentenced to death by Bihar court for murder of 4-year-old boy

Hindustan Times, Patna | By Avinash Kumar
UPDATED ON AUG 17, 2020 09:08 PM IST
This is the fourth capital punishment awarded by the Gopalganj court in the last five years.
The latest royal decree by King Salman could spare the death penalty for at least six men from the country’s minority Shiite community who allegedly committed crimes while under the age of 18.(REUTERS)
The latest royal decree by King Salman could spare the death penalty for at least six men from the country’s minority Shiite community who allegedly committed crimes while under the age of 18.(REUTERS)

Saudi Arabia ends death penalty for minors and floggings

Dubai | By Associated Press
PUBLISHED ON APR 27, 2020 07:38 AM IST
In a document seen by The Associated Press, the royal decree orders prosecutors to review cases and drop punishments for those who’ve already served the maximum 10 years.
Delhi gang rape victim’s mother Asha Devi. (Photo: Vipin Kumar)
Delhi gang rape victim’s mother Asha Devi. (Photo: Vipin Kumar)

Will you celebrate convicts’ hanging? Delhi rape victim’s mother responds

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2020 01:00 PM IST
Asha Devi, the Delhi gang rape victim’s mother, said she struggled for almost eight years and her daughter has got justice.
File photo: Gang-rape convicts Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta (face covered), Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh (clockwise from left) (PTI Photo)
File photo: Gang-rape convicts Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta (face covered), Akshay Thakur and Mukesh Singh (clockwise from left) (PTI Photo)

Bus cleaner, fruit seller, gym instructor: The four men hanged for 2012 Delhi gang rape

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2020 12:06 PM IST
Four of the men were hanged on Friday in Tihar Jail at 5:30am for the crime that had sparked widespread protests across the country and led to toughening of laws against sex offenders in India.
The student shot dead his school principal.
The student shot dead his school principal.

Class 12 boy gets life term for killing school principal

Hindustan Times, Karnal | By Neeraj Mohan, Karnal
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2020 02:47 AM IST
The convict, a commerce student, had shot the principal four times during a parent-teacher meeting in 2018
1,887 cases were registered in Odisha under the Pocso Act involving 1,895 child victims in 2018, says a report.(HT Photo)
1,887 cases were registered in Odisha under the Pocso Act involving 1,895 child victims in 2018, says a report.(HT Photo)

Four year old raped in Odisha’s Bhadrak district, ‘rapist’ held

Hindustan Times, Bhubaneswar | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 23, 2020 11:05 PM IST
Family members found the girl in a critical condition after a search when she didn’t return home.
Minor sexual assault survivors could be given immediate compensation within a week their cases are taken up in special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act courts(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
Minor sexual assault survivors could be given immediate compensation within a week their cases are taken up in special Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act courts(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

New rules under amended POCSO Act: Survivors may get quick compensation

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Amrita Madhukalya
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2020 12:30 PM IST
The rules are expected to be finalised within a month and will, among other things, lay down procedures under which immediate compensation will be extended to the survivors. They will specify the quantum of the compensation as well.
The directions were given by the apex court on February 12 by way of an office order issued by the court on its administrative side.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)
The directions were given by the apex court on February 12 by way of an office order issued by the court on its administrative side.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

Supreme Court tweaks rules to fast-track appeals in death row cases

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Murali Krishnan
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2020 01:37 AM IST
The order states that as soon as an appeal involving a death penalty is filed, a communication will be sent to the concerned high court by the Supreme Court registry calling for the original records of the case within sixty days. This includes translation of documents which are in vernacular language.
The incident took place on December 5 in 2018. Later, the body was recovered by the villagers.The convicts belonged to the victim’s village.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
The incident took place on December 5 in 2018. Later, the body was recovered by the villagers.The convicts belonged to the victim’s village.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

2 get death penalty for raping, killing minor in Tripura

Hindustan Times, Agartala | By Priyanka Deb Barman
PUBLISHED ON FEB 14, 2020 03:51 AM IST
The accused raped the 15-year-old girl and then hit on her head with a branch of a tree and then put her head inside a pond to kill her before burying her body.
A Nellore court awarded death sentence to a 30-year old interior designer Md Imtiyaz, who was convicted for the murder of a medical student and her mother in Nellore in 2013.(HT Phoyo)
A Nellore court awarded death sentence to a 30-year old interior designer Md Imtiyaz, who was convicted for the murder of a medical student and her mother in Nellore in 2013.(HT Phoyo)

Death penalty given for 3 minors’ rape, murder in Telangana

Hindustan Times, Hyderabad | By Srinivasa Rao Apparasu
UPDATED ON FEB 07, 2020 04:48 AM IST
The case of Hajipur serial murders came to light on April 30, 2019, when the police had recovered the body of a 14-year-old girl studying Class 9 in a well on the outskirts of the village in Yadadri Bhongir district.
Chinese authorities scrambling to contain the raging novel Coronavirus epidemic are ready to implement harsh measures(AP)
Chinese authorities scrambling to contain the raging novel Coronavirus epidemic are ready to implement harsh measures(AP)

SARS throwback: Anyone hiding, spreading virus could face death in China

Hindustan Times, Beijing | By Sutirtho Patranobis
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2020 09:49 AM IST
China had similarly threatened execution and long jail sentences during the 2002-03 SARS epidemic for anyone avoiding quarantine and spreading the disease.
Akshay Thakur on his way to court in Delhi in this file photo.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)
Akshay Thakur on his way to court in Delhi in this file photo.(Sonu Mehta/Hindustan Times)

Supreme Court to hear Delhi gang rape convict Akshay Thakur’s plea seeking to commute death sentence

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2020 09:30 AM IST
Akshay has questioned why the alternative of life imprisonment without parole until the end of natural life was foreclosed in his case.
The 23-year-old woman’s mother broke down on Friday after the court set the new date for hanging the four convicts.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
The 23-year-old woman’s mother broke down on Friday after the court set the new date for hanging the four convicts.(Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

‘How dare she?’: Delhi gang rape victim’s mother on Indira Jaising’s pardon urge

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2020 11:23 PM IST
Senior lawyer Indira Jaising had tweeted the request soon after the mother had said she felt “betrayed” after a court in Delhi deferred the date of the execution of the four convicts from January 22 to February 1.
The law against sexual violence was strengthened following the recommendations of the Justice JS Verma committee, which was set up after the Delhi gang rape.(AP)
The law against sexual violence was strengthened following the recommendations of the Justice JS Verma committee, which was set up after the Delhi gang rape.(AP)

Is death penalty truly a deterrent?

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 08, 2020 06:02 PM IST
To make India safe for women, address systemic, legal issues
Girls distribute sweets as they celebrate Delhi court's verdict to hang convicts in the 2012 gangrape case, in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)
Girls distribute sweets as they celebrate Delhi court's verdict to hang convicts in the 2012 gangrape case, in Patna on Tuesday.(PTI Photo)

Delhi court order to Delhi gang-rape convicts revives debate on death penalty

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Bhadra Sinha
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2020 12:42 PM IST
As for the government, it is still to take a stand on the issue.
In 2016, Supreme Court began hearing the pleas of the four men sentenced to death for raping a paramedic in a bus in Delhi on December 16.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)
In 2016, Supreme Court began hearing the pleas of the four men sentenced to death for raping a paramedic in a bus in Delhi on December 16.(Burhaan Kinu/HT PHOTO)

December 16 gang rape case: Evidence SC relied upon to uphold death penalty

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2020 10:28 PM IST
The woman died of her injuries in a Singapore hospital on December 29, 2012.
The petition seeking death warrant for Delhi gang-rape convicts was filed by her mother Asha Devi.(PTI Photo)
The petition seeking death warrant for Delhi gang-rape convicts was filed by her mother Asha Devi.(PTI Photo)

My daughter got justice: Delhi gang-rape victim’s mother hails court’s execution order

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 07:06 AM IST
The 23-year-old woman was gangraped and tortured on December 16, 2012, which led to her death.
After the December hearing, jail authorities had issued a notice to the convicts on December 18 - Akshay, Vinay, Pawan and Mukesh - who are on the death row for gang-rape.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)
After the December hearing, jail authorities had issued a notice to the convicts on December 18 - Akshay, Vinay, Pawan and Mukesh - who are on the death row for gang-rape.(Sonu Mehta/ Hindustan Times)

Black Warrant issued: Four men who raped Delhi girl in 2012 to be hanged on 22 January, orders Delhi court

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Richa Banka
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2020 09:07 PM IST
Judge Satish Kumar Arora issued the warrant at the request of the police and the victim’s mother who had celebrated the top court’s 2017 verdict rejecting an appeal against the death sentence as “justice at last”.
Japan last executed inmates in August when two men were hanged after being convicted of murder.(REUTERS/ Representational Photo)
Japan last executed inmates in August when two men were hanged after being convicted of murder.(REUTERS/ Representational Photo)

Japan executes first foreigner in years - Chinese man who killed a family

Tokyo | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2019 12:13 PM IST
Wei, a 40 yr old former student in Japan, had pleaded guilty to the four brutal murders. One of the few developed nations to retain the death penalty, his execution was ordered after careful consideration.
Students hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against growing incidents of crime against women, in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)
Students hold placards and shout slogans during a protest against growing incidents of crime against women, in Gurugram.(Yogendra Kumar/HT Photo)

Supreme Court rejects Delhi gang-rape convict’s review petition

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Ashok Bagriya
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 01:49 PM IST
Akshay’s lawyer AP Singh had pleaded that his client should not be given death penalty.
File photo of a protest against rape cases in the country.(HT File Photo)
File photo of a protest against rape cases in the country.(HT File Photo)

Trying to delay the inevitable, Centre to Supreme Court on Delhi gang-rape convict’s review petition

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2019 12:47 PM IST
During the course of hearing, Akshay’s lawyer AP Singh had pleaded that his client should not be given death penalty.
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