INDIA: SENTENCE FOR RAPE-MURDER COMMUTED
May 20, 2010: in a landmark judgment, the Gauhati High Court in India commuted the death sentence of rickshaw puller Sujit Biswas, 24, to life imprisonment.
A Division Bench comprising Justices Amitava Roy and P.K. Mushahary found that the death penalty was not an appropriate punishment for the rape and murder of a three-year-old in the city's Nepali Mandir locality in October, 2007, as the appellant "is young and lives in poverty." (Sources: The Hindu, 20/05/2010)