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Gujarat courts sentenced 50 people to death this year till Aug : Reports

Gujarat has seen a substantial increase in trial courts imposing capital penalty, with 50 persons sentenced to death this year till August, compared to 46 between 2006 and 2021, as per data available with courts in the state.In February 2022, a special court sentenced to death 38 convicts in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial explosion case , significantly increasing the number of persons sentenced to death by trial courts in the state this year.In a series of bombs that blasted through Ahmedabad in 2008, 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured. In addition to this case, trial courts in several cities sentenced prisoners to death in cases of

Gujarat has seen a substantial increase in trial courts imposing capital penalty, with 50 persons sentenced to death this year till August, compared to 46 between 2006 and 2021, as per data available with courts in the state.
In February 2022, a special court sentenced to death 38 convicts in the 2008 Ahmedabad serial explosion case , significantly increasing the number of persons sentenced to death by trial courts in the state this year.
In a series of bombs that blasted through Ahmedabad in 2008, 56 people were killed and more than 200 were injured.

In addition to this case, trial courts in several cities sentenced prisoners to death in cases of rape and murder of minors reported under the Protection of Children for Sexual Offenses (POCSO) Act.

Only in one of these cases, at a court in Kheda town, was the culprit sentenced to death after a minor was raped but not killed.

Also Read: Uttar Pradesh: 2 Dalit sisters raped before murdered, post-mortem reveals

Besides, the accused in two cases of ‘honour killing’ were also given capital punishment.
Apart from 13 convicts receiving the death penalty in various cases in 2011, the number did not exceed four between 2006 and 2021. In 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2017, no one was sentenced to death by trial courts in the state.

In 2011, 11 out of 13 convicts were sentenced to death in a 2002 Godhra train carnage case in which 59 people were killed.
In 16 years till 2021, the Gujarat High Court had upheld the punishment of only four of those sentenced to death by trial courts.

In 2011, 11 of 13 defendants in the 2002 Godhra train atrocity case were sentenced to death.
In the 2002 Godhra train atrocity case 59 people were killed.

Only four of those sentenced to death by trial courts were upheld by the Gujarat High Court in the 16 years leading up to 2021.
Three of them were convicted in the 2002 Akshardham temple attack case but later freed by the Supreme Court.

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First Published: 19th September, 2022 15:12 IST

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