June 4, 2012: in the last days of her presidency, President Pratibha Patil commuted 30 death sentence into life — something that has never happened before.
“The 30 whose death sentence has been commuted to life term were found guilty of barbarically murdering 60 persons by the Supreme Court. 22 of those killed were women and children,” said a Mail Today report.
The move by Patil did not see any protest from government quarters.
Most of the victims also went through inhuman torture before their lives were snuffed out. There was rape and sexual assaults committed as well.
In the last 28 months, Patil commuted death sentences into life at a record pace.