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Impending execution brings out mixed feelings in India

Few countries sentence more people to death than India. Whether those punishments are actually carried out is another matter. Though well over a thousand people have been sent to death row this century, just three have been executed. Yakub Abdul Razak Memon will soon be the fourth. Jailed for his supporting role in the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people, he has made many appeals and is scheduled to be hanged Thursday. About 300 prominent citizens, including at least eight retired judges of the Supreme Court and the Delhi High Court, have urged India's president to commute Memon's sentence to life in prison, reflecting what appears to be growing uneasiness in India with...

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