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INDIA: 99% OF DEATH SENTENCE PRISONERS ESCAPE GALLOWS

March 31, 2013: Lost in the cacophony of human rights activists protesting against death penalty after Parliament attack case convict Afzal Guru’s hanging, is an interesting statistic that reveals the working of the Indian judicial system.
Of the 1460 persons sentenced to death in India between 2001 to 2011, only four have been hanged -- Afzal Guru, Ajmal Kasab, Auto Shankar and Dhananjoy Chatterjee.  
The National Crimes Record Bureau (NCRB) statistics reveal that an average of 146 death sentences are awarded by Indian courts every year. Amnesty International estimates that 140 people are sentenced to death every year in India. The NCRB stats also reveal that in the same period, various higher courts commuted death sentences of 4,321 convicts to life imprisonment. In spite of so many death sentences passed by Indian courts, nearly 99 per cent convicts never face the gallows.
Among the 139 countries where the death penalty is part of penal provisions, Saudi Arabia tops the list of executions -- an average of 275 a year -- followed by the US, where an average of 50 convicts are sent to the electric chair or the gurney for lethal injections. India executed 2 persons in 2012, its highest in 20 years.
In India, in the aftermath of the Delhi gangrape, the number of death sentences pronounced by the lower courts has grown remarkably. Courts in western Odisha have sentenced at least five persons to death for rape and murder.
On 23rd March, a Mumbai sessions court awarded the death sentence to two persons for murdering a minor. A fortnight earlier, Binay Bagdi was sentenced to death by the Burdwan sessions court for raping and strangling a minor.
In the last nine months, courts in Bihar have sentenced 4 to death; Jharkhand 2, Punjab 3, and MP 12. Obtaining the exact numbers of death sentences awarded by all lower courts across the country takes time to be tabulated, since procedural delays mean it takes more than a year for all data to be compiled.
At the moment, 404 convicts are in the death row in various prisons across the country and 64,000 murder convicts are in jails serving time. Another 52,000 are accused of murder. (Sources: newindianexpress.com, 31/03/2013)

MALAYSIA: IRANIAN SISTERS SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
UAE FREES UKRAINIAN CITIZEN SENTENCED TO DEATH
SAUDI ARABIA: BEHEADED AND CRUCIFIED FOR MURDER, SODOMY
CHINA: COURT SENTENCES 3 DRUG DEALERS TO DEATH, JAILS 18
IRAQ: 18 EXECUTED DESPITE INTERNATIONAL OUTCRY
UAE: DUBAI COURT GIVES DEATH SENTENCE
IRAN: COURT SENTENCES 6 MEN TO DEATH FOR RAPE
GEORGIA (USA): LETHAL INJECTION SECRECY BILL WINS APPROVAL
DELAWARE (USA): SENATE PASSES BILL TO REPEAL THE DEATH PENALTY
HANDS OFF CAIN TO MINISTER SEVERINO: MIGUEL TORRES SHOULD NOT TO BE DEPORTED TO THE UNITED STATES
YEMEN: SECURITY COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCE OF IRANIAN SPIES
SAUDI ARABIA: MAN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR ABORTING 40 WOMEN
ZIMBABWE: PAIR SENTENCED TO HANG BY THE SUPREME COURT
EGYPT: MUSLIM CONDEMNED TO DEATH FOR KILLING 2 COPTS
UAE: MAN WHO MURDERED PREGNANT WIFE HAS DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED
GAZA: HAMAS SENTENCES MAN TO DEATH FOR SPYING FOR ISRAEL
PUERTO RICO: JURY SPARES KILLER FROM DEATH PENALTY
DUBAI: COURT OVERTURNS DRIVER’S DEATH PENALTY
USA: ITALY MAY EXTRADITE MIGUEL TORRES
INDIA: ITALIAN MARINES WON'T GET DEATH SENTENCE
INDIA UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OVER 1993 MUMBAI BLASTS
INDIA: ORPHANAGE FOUNDER GETS DEATH SENTENCE IN GIRLS' GANG RAPE CASE
MALDIVES: COURT OVERTURNS DEATH SENTENCE OF MAN AFTER FOUR YEARS
UAE: MAID, LOVER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MURDER
TAIWAN'S CAPITAL PUNISHMENT POLICY REMAINS UNCHANGED: PREMIER
NEBRASKA (USA): BILL TO END DEATH PENALTY ADVANCES OUT OF JUDICIARY COMMITTEE
DEATH PENALTY: LAST CALL FOR ANTHONY FARINA AGAINST HIS EXECUTION IN FLORIDA
MARYLAND (USA): HOUSE, LIKE SENATE, VOTES TO REPEAL DEATH PENALTY
MALAYSIA: GARDENER GETS DEATH FOR MURDER
INDONESIA RESUMES EXECUTIONS AFTER HIATUS

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