Topic: Death penalty
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday asked all nations to work harder towards abolishing the death penalty, an ongoing practice in 79 countries.
Ahmad Murtaza Abbasi, an IIT-Bombay alumnus who was arrested following an attack on cops at the Gorakhnath temple in Uttar Pradesh last year, was awarded the death sentence by an ATS/NIA court in Lucknow on 30 January.
Trial courts in India passed 165 death sentences in 2022 – the highest in a single year since 2000, a report by criminal reforms advocacy group Project 39A showed.
The criminal justice system that periodically, fails the accused by keeping them in custody for decades, eventually acquitting them after years, often on death row, in such a system is it really possible to prevent unlawful death sentences?
A division bench of the Gujarat High Court Friday admitted the appeals moved by 30 of the 38 convicts against their death sentence for the 2008 Ahmedabad serial bomb blasts.