Death Penalty Abolition Debate

Law Commission: End death penalty, keep it for terror only

  1. India is one of 59 countries where the death penalty is still awarded by courts.
  2. More recently, the issue was debated in the run-up to the July 30 hanging of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon.
  3. In 1962, the Law Commission, in its 35th report, had recommended retention of death penalty.

The death penalty has no demonstrated utility in deterring crime or incapacitating offenders, any more than its alternative — imprisonment for life. The quest for retribution as a penal justification cannot descend into cries for vengeance.

What do you think of this case?

What was the Bachan Singh versus State of Punjab & the “rarest of the rare” doctrine?

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