There are 477 convicts on death row in India, the government says.
The information was revealed in the Rajya Sabha [the upper house of the parliament] in response to a question on the number of convicts on death row in Indian jails.
Indian courts hand out capital punishment in the “rarest of rare” cases, but it is rarely carried out.
Last month, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab, the sole surviving gunman in the 2008 Mumbai attacks, was hanged.
According to the latest data revealed by the Indian government on Wednesday, with 174 people on death row, the most populous state of Uttar Pradesh has the maximum number of prisoners awaiting death sentence.
The southern state of Karnataka with 61 convicts awaiting hanging is the second on the list.
At number three is the western state of Maharashtra with 50 convicts while Bihar is at the fourth place with 37 awaiting their death sentences.
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