Sessions Courts


162 death sentences were imposed by trial courts across India this year and made it the highest in the last 19 years3. With 22 death sentences, Madhya Pradesh used the death penalty the most in 2018. This was a dramatic increase (over 4 times) compared to 2017 when 6 persons were sentenced to death in Madhya Pradesh. The government in Madhya Pradesh had consistently pushed for punishing child sexual assault with the death penalty and the 2018 IPC amendments to the IPC introducing the death penalty for the rape of girls below 12 years has been used most in Madhya Pradesh.