MUMBAI: Bombay high court (HC) reduced the death sentence of two women into life imprisonment after the state delayed in having their mercy petition reviewed for over seven years.
Sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit were convicted of kidnapping 13 children and killing nine of them.
They kidnapped them between 1990 and 1996 in Kolhapur district to use them as a cover to snatch chains and purses.
In 2001, sisters were sentenced to death by a Kolhapur trial court and High Court upheld the rule in 2004.
Their lawyer Aniket Vagal, who represented the duo in the HC, informed the division bench of justices Nitin Jamdar and Sarang Kotwal about their mercy petitions.
Criminals sentenced to death have several remedies, notably the mercy petitions presented to the President of India.
Their mercy petition was rejected, however, their death sentences were not carried out.
“It’s end of the mental agony of the petitioners who have been living under the fear of death since 2006. The petitioners can at least now lead their life, though in prison, without the thought that they can be executed anytime," said the lawyer to the media.