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Another turn in the tale of two sisters convicted for a series of kidnappings and murders of children

Lawstreet Journal 21 Jan 2022 8:54pm

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The HC noted in its judgement that the state machinery demonstrated 'laxity and indifference' in evaluating Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit's mercy petition, and therefore threw aside the warrant issued to execute their death sentences. The decision by the Bombay High Court on Tuesday to reduce the death sentences of two sisters, Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit, to life in prison marks yet another twist in the saga that shook the country in the mid-1990s. The two women, who are currently being imprisoned in Yerawada Central Prison alongside their now-deceased mother, were charged with kidnapping and murdering many children in various locations between 1990 and 1996 and sentenced to prison.

The HC noted in its judgement that the state machinery demonstrated "laxity and apathy" in considering their mercy petition while striking down the warrant issued to carry out their death sentence. Renuka and Seema are in their early fifties and late forties, respectively.

Renuka Shinde and Seema Gawit, as well as their late mother Anjana, were serial thieves. Police investigations at the time found that they used to kidnap youngsters from various locations and use them as bait to divert people's attention before stealing or as a distraction after they were caught stealing. Anjana, Renuka, and Seema were imprisoned in November 1996, along with Renuka's husband Kiran Shinde, who later became an approver in the case. They were convicted of 13 kidnappings of children, nine murders of children, and one attempted kidnapping of a child between June 1990 and October 1996. Anjana died… Continue Reading...


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