Sisters' execution put on hold by Indian court
August 22 , 2014
The execution of two sisters in the Indian state of Maharashtra has been put on hold by a court.
Step-sisters Renuka Shinde, 45, and Seema Gavit, 39, were convicted of killing children they had abducted and made to beg and steal in the 1990s. They kidnapped more than 12 children of whom at least five were murdered.
Their death sentences were upheld by the Supreme Court in 2006. They appealed to the Bombay High Court, saying that the delay in carrying out the death penalty had been excessive. The petition was admitted by the high court.