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Male Iranian protestors raped, ice placed under testicles in prison, says Amnesty report
World

Male Iranian protestors raped, ice placed under testicles in prison, says Amnesty report

One of the male protestor named Mehdi Mohammadifard was reportedly raped by prison guards and brutally beaten, according to the Amnesty report

Brazen in the face of protests, Iran has executed 55 people so far
World

Brazen in the face of protests, Iran has executed 55 people so far

Experts say security forces have shown “a flagrant disregard for human life,” after a protest movement against the Islamic republic under Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, has subsided since November last year.

What does Joe Biden's silence on the death penalty mean?
World

What does Joe Biden's silence on the death penalty mean?

US president Joe Biden campaigned on a pledge to work toward abolishing federal capital punishment. But the Justice Department continues to press for the death penalty in certain cases — even as a moratorium means no federal executions are likely to happen anytime soon

Who killed Anamika? In Chhawla gang-rape, murder case parents to file review petition in SC, seek CBI reprobe
India

Who killed Anamika? In Chhawla gang-rape, murder case parents to file review petition in SC, seek CBI reprobe

“I have hired a private lawyer to represent us with the review petition,” the distraught father said. He added that the family will seek a reinvestigation of the case to be done by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

FP Analysis: Chhawla gang-rape, murder case can be re-investigated, explains SC lawyer
India

FP Analysis: Chhawla gang-rape, murder case can be re-investigated, explains SC lawyer

He said there are two legal ways to explore the possibility of a re-investigation. “One is a review petition; and second is the curative petition which can only be filed if the court quashes the review petition,"

Death penalty: SC refers to five-judge bench case on framing guidelines on mitigating circumstances
India

Death penalty: SC refers to five-judge bench case on framing guidelines on mitigating circumstances

The court said it was of the opinion that this matter required a hearing by a larger bench to have clarity and uniform approach as to when an accused, facing death penalty as maximum sentence, is required to be heard with regard to mitigating circumstances.

Death Penalty: SC to deliver verdict on case related to framing guidelines on mitigating circumstance
India

Death Penalty: SC to deliver verdict on case related to framing guidelines on mitigating circumstance

The matter had arisen from a plea of a man named Irfan challenging the death penalty imposed on him by the trial court and confirmed by the Madhya Pradesh High Court

Explained: Why US Supreme Court ruled in favour of letting death row man die by firing squad
World

Explained: Why US Supreme Court ruled in favour of letting death row man die by firing squad

The inmate, Michael Nance, had challenged the lethal injection protocol and sought to die by firing squad, which is not an authorised method in the state

Buffalo supermarket gunman charged with federal hate crimes
World

Buffalo supermarket gunman charged with federal hate crimes

The federal hate crimes case is based partly on documents in which Payton Gendron, the gunman, laid out his radical, racist worldview and extensive preparation for the attack

Saudi Arabia executes record 81 people in a day for terror offences
World

Saudi Arabia executes record 81 people in a day for terror offences

This is more than the number of executions the kingdom carried out in 2021. The Saudi state media said the convicts were linked to ISIS, Houthis, Al-Qaeda

Ahmedabad serial blasts 2008: Plotters planned to kill then-Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, says prosecutor
India

Ahmedabad serial blasts 2008: Plotters planned to kill then-Gujarat CM Narendra Modi, says prosecutor

The special court judge has observed in his verdict that the convicts had tried to kill the then CM Narendra Modi, then home minister of Gujarat Amit Shah and local MLA Pradipsinh Jadeja, said a senior lawyer

Special court awards death penalty to 38 convicts in 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case
India

Special court awards death penalty to 38 convicts in 2008 Ahmedabad serial blasts case

Over 200 were injured in as many as 20 explosions that hit Ahmedabad city within a span of 70 minutes on 26 July, 2008

2021 was the year of meting out death penalty on screen, from Sooryavanshi, Satyamev Jayate 2 to Dhamaka, Tadap
Entertainment

2021 was the year of meting out death penalty on screen, from Sooryavanshi, Satyamev Jayate 2 to Dhamaka, Tadap

All these films look at the death penalty as a calling — as a way for them to sanitise the world of suffering. Guilt becomes an afterthought when the very act of death is intertwined with public service.

Why we must be prepared for a more chaotic and violent world as narco industry booms in Afghanistan
World

Why we must be prepared for a more chaotic and violent world as narco industry booms in Afghanistan

The Taliban are unabashedly trying to expand their drug income since their ‘takeover’ in mid-August. Accordingly, the worth of opium in Afghanistan has more than tripled.

Cruise ship narcotics bust just a symptom, actual disease is drug war facing India
Entertainment

Cruise ship narcotics bust just a symptom, actual disease is drug war facing India

Indian parents need to take the drug issue seriously and pressure elected representatives to act decisively

On death row in India: A new book draws on criminal justice research for a reconsideration of the death penalty
India

On death row in India: A new book draws on criminal justice research for a reconsideration of the death penalty

Author Jahnavi Misra's work, The Punished: Stories of Death Row Prisoners in India, is based on research conducted by Project 39A and narratives that cast an alternative perspective on the death penalty, its social and cultural impact.

As Maharashtra govt pushes for stricter rape law, a look at constitutionality and legality of Shakti Bill
India

As Maharashtra govt pushes for stricter rape law, a look at constitutionality and legality of Shakti Bill

Besides proposing death penalty for certain offences against women and children, Shakti Bill also reduces timeline for investigation, trial and appeals without taking into account severe manpower shortage in the police department and the courts in Maharashtra

US authorities execute murder convict Brandon Bernard despite high-profile pleas for commutation
World

US authorities execute murder convict Brandon Bernard despite high-profile pleas for commutation

The case of Brandon Bernard, who received a lethal injection of phenobarbital, was a rare execution of a person who was in his teens when his crime was committed

Bangladesh approves death penalty for rape after protests over series of sexual assault cases
World

Bangladesh approves death penalty for rape after protests over series of sexual assault cases

The country was rocked over the weekend by an unprecedented scale of demonstrations after footage of a brutal gang assault on a woman went viral

The Corona of Misogyny: What kind of man wishes rape on women who oppose death for rapists?
Opinion

The Corona of Misogyny: What kind of man wishes rape on women who oppose death for rapists?

You might imagine that trolls are too preoccupied with their Corona-related bile to care about everyday misogyny. Wishful thinking. Since the hanging of the four men convicted in the 2012 Delhi gangrape this weekend, the Army of Animosity has found time to pop open bottles of virtual champagne to celebrate the rapists’ deaths while also turning on those who oppose capital punishment for rape | Anna MM Vetticad writes