Aasim Khan, CNN-IBN , February 17, 2007
New Delhi: In the last one week five people have been sentenced to death. Are the verdicts part of a growing trend?
A number of death warrants have been issued by various courts in India. So far only one of them has been executed in the last one decade.
Dhananjoy Chatterjee was given the death penalty for the rape and murder of fourteen-year-old Hetal Parekh. His execution in August 2004 was the last to one to take place in India.
Convicted in the infamous Tandoor murder case, Sushil Sharma was also given death for murdering and his wife Naina by a Delhi Sessions Court.
Former Assistant Commissioner of Delhi police, RP Tyagi, was sent to the gallows by the courts in a case of custodial death. The sentence came 19 years after Tyagi beat his victim Mahinder Kumar to death.
Santosh Singh convicted for killing Delhi University Law student Priyadarshini Mattoo, is also on death row.
The Delhi High Court sentenced him last year, eleven years after he committed the brutal crime.
And Mohammed Afzal was given death penalty for the 2001 Parliament attack. His clemency petition is among 24 other petitions that are pending with the President.
And adding to the rising figure, the Supreme Court upheld the death sentence given by a sessions court to a couple convicted of killing eight family members in Haryana.
In just four months, various courts have issued death warrants to twelve people. And if we add the sentencing of three people in the Dharmapuri case, the figure will touch 15.
With inputs from Ashok Bagriya