50 death sentences in 8 months: Most since Gujarat was formed

Trial courts in Gujarat have sentenced to death 50 persons in 11 cases over eight months this year, the highest for any year since the formation of the state in 1960. Court documents show that this large number is made up mainly of the record 38 convicts ordered to be hanged by a special court in February over the 2008 serial blasts case. The rest involve rape and murder.