Two sisters convicted of crimes against children will likely be the first women hanged in India.
The Times of India reports that the state will carry through with its 2001 death sentence of Renuka Kiran Shinde and her sister Seema Mohan Gavit.
The pair, along with their mother Anjanabai Gavit were found guilty of kidnapping 13 children and killing nine of the them.
The Times reported that the women kidnapped the children and forced them to beg on the streets. Those whose productivity fell were killed.
Anjanabai Gavit died during the trial but the sisters were found guilty and sentenced to death in 2001.
President Pranab Mukherjee late last month rejected the women's petitions for mercy.
"While awarding the death sentence to the sisters in 2001, Judge G L Yedke in Kolhapur had described the nine kids' murders as 'the most heinous', and observed that the two sisters seemed to have enjoyed killing the children," the Times said.
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