The editorial makes the case for increase in number of death penalty handed out by trial courts and demands abolition of death penalty.
- The reason being, trial courts have close proximity to crimes than higher courts in terms of occurrence and distance.
- Much of the debate around the death penalty in India centers on SC rulings and observations.
- As trail courts handed over 1800 death penalties, only 5% of them were confirmed by SC. Therefore, there is a little attention paid to misuse of death penalty in India’s lower court.
- SC laid down the ‘’rarest of the rare “principle in 1980 Bachan Singh vs State of Punjab ruling.