November 27

Madhya Pradesh approves death penalty conditionally.

The Cabinet under Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of Madhya Pradesh has approved of the resolution which proposed death penalty in the case where the victim is 12 years old or below as well for gang rape convicts. The Bill to the same effect is due to be introduced in the Winter session of the assembly as per the Finance Minister of Madhya Pradesh Jayant Malaiya.
However, there are hurdles to be cleared before such a proposal becomes the law. If it gets passed by the assembly, it would still have to be sent to the Centre and ultimately to the President of India for approval.

May 17

Nirbhaya case judgment by SC: Upholds the death sentence of the guilty!

The Hon’ble Supreme Court of India upheld the death sentence given to the guilty in the Nirbhaya case on May 5, 2017 by a Delhi Fast Track Court in 2013. The Court remarked that the offence committed in this case had created tsunami of shock. The convicted – Akshay Thakur, Pawan Gupta, Vinay Sharma and Mukesh Singh committed the heinous crime on 16th December, 2012.

Rape in India does not attract a capital punishment however. It is only when murder is involved that a death penalty could be given in the ‘rarest of rare’ circumstances.