#Capital Punishment

2 days ago.Richmond, VA, USA
The US Supreme Court reinstated death penalty in 1976 (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • The bill got a 57-41 voting majority in the US Senate 
  • The bill will now be sent to the state's governor to be signed
  • If signed, the bill will make Virginia the 23rd state to outlaw capital punishment in the US

4 days ago
Shabnam was two months pregnant when she committed the 'rarest of rare' crime by first giving her victims sedatives. (Representational image: Unsplash)

  • Shabnam Ali was a teacher in a UP village, before she killed her family members
  • Shabnam’s mercy petition has been rejected by the SC and UP Governor and President Ram Nath Kovind, the last resort
  • There is an instance of three women from Maharashtra who have survived the noose even after being sentenced to death and their mercy pleas being rejected

6 days ago.Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Shabnam-Saleem duo chose to indulge in the slaughter game in April 2008 that left not Shabnam’s mother Hashmi, father Shaukat, brothers Anees and Rashid, sister Anjum, cousin Rabia and her 7-year old nephew Arsh dead. (Photo Credit: Unsplash)

  • Shabnam's mercy petition was rejected by then-President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015, now she has moved another mercy appeal to President Kovind
  • People in Bawankheri have neither forgotten nor forgiven Shabnam and her boyfriend Saleem
  • It was on the fateful night of 14/15 April 2008 that the Shabnam-Saleem duo chose to indulge in the slaughter game, killing Shabnam's family

6 days ago.Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Shabnam Ali, at the time of the crime, was 25-year-old with a double MA degree. (Representative image: Unsplash)

  • Shabnam Ali's relationship with her lover Salim was opposed by her family
  • The two were sentenced to death by a lower court in 2010
  • Preparations for their possible hanging began in the Mathura District Jail recently

18 Feburary.New Delhi, Delhi, India
Preparations have begun in Uttar Pradesh's Mathura jail to hang a woman convicted, along with her lover, of killing seven members of her family. (Photo Credit: Representative/Unsplash)

  • She was found guilty by a lower court, the decision was upheld by the Supreme Court
  • Ali's mercy petition was rejected by the President
  • Shabnam Ali, 38, is from Amroha in Uttar Pradesh

12 Feburary.Washington D.C., DC, USA
US Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the execution of Willie Smith. (Photo Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • US Supreme Court passed the order late Thursday
  • The inmate's execution warrant was due to expire at midnight on Thursday
  • Willie Smith was sentenced to death in 1991 killing of a 22-year-old woman

4 Feburary.Richmond, VA, USA
The passed bill will now move further in the chamber to possibly become a law (Photo Credit: Twitter @ACLUVA)

  • The bill passed with a 21-17 outcome after intense debates in the chamber
  • The Democratic governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, said that he supports a full repeal 
  • Virginia is the leading state in passing death penalties with more than 1,400 executions

16 January.Terre Haute, IN, USA
President Donald Trump talks to the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021 in Washington. The President is traveling to Texas. (AP/PTI Photo)

  • The execution comes in less than a week before President-elect Democrat Joe Biden takes over the White House
  • Dustin Higgs was executed by lethal injection at the federal penitentiary in Terre-Haute in Indiana
  • Higgs, a 48-year-old Black man, was sentenced to death for kidnapping and murder in 2000

15 January.Washington D.C., DC, USA
Two more convicts to be executed by lethal injection this week. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)

  • The felons contracted COVID-19 in December which delayed their execution
  • Supreme Court bench is dominated by conservatives who agree to capital punishments
  • Eleven people have been executed since July 2020, breaking a 17 year record 

13 January.Indiana, PA, USA
Montgomery’s execution marks the first time the US government implemented death sentence for a female prisoner since 1953. (Picture Credit: Representational Image/Pixabay)

  • Montgomery's execution came after SC overturned a ruling staying her execution on the grounds of mental incompetence
  • Montgomery, 52, was imprisoned for 16 years after she killed a pregnant woman in order to steal her fetus
  • In 2007 she was also convicted of kidnapping which resulted in death of the victim and was awarded capital punishment