Death Penalty Abolition Debate

Compassion on death row cases

  1. Death row convict Mohammed Arif alias Ashfaq has been given one more opportunity of an oral hearing.
  2. A 30-minute oral hearing in open court for every review petition involving the penalty is a constitutional requirement.
  3. It was not applicable to Ashfaq as his review and curative petitions had already been rejected.
  4. He was granted a concession in order that even the slightest possibility of error may be eliminated.
  5. Supreme Court has been dealing with cases culminating in the death penalty in a liberal spirit in recent years.
  6. In sept. 2014, it carved out an exception for death row cases alone by making oral hearing an integral part of ‘reasonable procedure’.
  7. In general review petitions are decided by circulation of the papers among judges not by oral hearing.

Until death penalty is abolished, courts need to humanise the law and procedure relating to death and mercy.

  1. Death row convict Mohammed Arif alias Ashfaq has been given one more opportunity of an oral hearing.
  2. A 30-minute oral hearing in open court for every review petition involving the penalty is a constitutional requirement.
  3. It was not applicable to Ashfaq as his review and curative petitions had already been rejected.
  4. He was granted a concession in order that even the slightest possibility of error may be eliminated.
  5. Supreme Court has been dealing with cases culminating in the death penalty in a liberal spirit in recent years.
  6. In sept. 2014, it carved out an exception for death row cases alone by making oral hearing an integral part of ‘reasonable procedure’.
  7. In general review petitions are decided by circulation of the papers among judges not by oral hearing.
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