Two sisters from Nagpur have earned the notorious label of the first-ever women to be hanged to death in independent India. The two, convicted earlier for killing five young children mercilessly, failed to get any reprieve from the President, whom they had sent a mercy petition. Technically, the decks are clear for their hanging now as the laws provides for hanging within 15 days of the decision on the mercy plea but their lawyer has alredy moved the Bombay High Court, with an appeal for the commutation of the death sentence on account of an “inordinate delay” of 13 years in hanging.
The two were initially petty thieves and pickpockets, who took to kidnapping and employing children for such jobs. When such children fell ill or started becoming a liability due to growing age, they used to kill them. Though the prosecution had alleged nine such murders, it could prove only five of them due to the limited evidence it had.