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‘Rarest of rare’ — history of death penalty in India and crimes that call for hanging

Four convicts in 2012 Delhi gang rape and murder case are to be hanged at 5.30 am Friday. This is the first time that four convicts will be hanged together on the same platform.
16 December gangrape

Why it’s wrong to question ‘delay’ in hanging of convicts in 2012 Delhi gangrape-murder case

Those clamouring for immediate hanging forget that it's not just the prisoners on death row who can file a mercy plea – anyone can do so on their behalf.
Pervez Musharraf

Pakistan court annuls Musharraf’s death penalty, calls tribunal’s ruling ‘unconstitutional’

The Lahore High Court ruled that the treason case against former Pakistan PM Pervez Musharraf was not prepared in accordance with the law.
16 December gangrape

All 4 convicts of 16 December gang rape will be hanged together in a row — a first in India

A hangman from Meerut will execute the 16 December convicts in Tihar jail, where the platform has been renovated and the well deepened and widened.
Pervez Musharraf

Drag Musharraf’s body to Islamabad chowk & hang it for 3 days, if he is found dead: Court

Special court in Pakistan Tuesday awarded death penalty to former military ruler Pervez Musharraf, who was convicted for high treason.
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Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf gets death sentence for high treason

High treason charge was imposed on the former military ruler, who came to power by staging a coup in 1999, for imposing emergency in November 2007.
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Chidambaram says he is no Billa-Ranga, the convicts in 1978 crime that changed Delhi forever

Tihar jailer Sunil Gupta tells the story of how something big went really wrong during the hanging of rape-and-murder convicts Billa and Ranga.
Illustration by Manas Gurung/ThePrint

How to kill a criminal justice system – rewarding prosecutors for death sentences

Reforming India’s criminal justice system needs more innovation than forcing prosecutors to perform or perish.
Rajiv Gandhi

Modi govt disapproves releasing Rajiv Gandhi case convicts fearing serious repercussions

The Supreme Court had termed Rajiv Gandhi's assassination an 'unparallel act' in the history of crimes committed in the country. 
Members of SC/ST and Muslim communities comprise more prisoners than their share in the Indian population | Shutterstock

Bill permitting stringent punishment in rape cases introduced in Lok Sabha

Provisions include imposing death penalty on those who rape girls under 12 years of age, 20 years for rape of girls below 16.

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Scuba divers are turning plastic waste in the oceans into Covid face masks

Diving organisation PADI has teamed up with a watersports clothing company to recycle bottles recovered from the ocean to make a range of face coverings.

Refining industry enters ‘age of consolidation’ with ‘catastrophic’ margins

A refinery thrives on the price difference between crude oil and fuels like gasoline, earning a profit that’s known in the industry as a cracking margin.


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No de-escalation in Ladakh yet, but some forward movement could be expected this week

India and China have agreed on an initial de-escalation plan and a 72-hour observation window to make sure steps agreed upon have been taken on the ground.
Illustration by Soham Sen | ThePrint

It’s time for China, Pakistan, even India to rethink the fantasy Modi called expansionism

India, China and Pakistan all want territory from another. But it’s a pursuit doomed to fail as they can’t get it without annihilating the other.