Death Penalty Abolition Debate

SC should reconsider validity of death penalty, says ex-judge

  1. SC in Shanker Kisan Rao Khade vs Maharashtra, 2013 set out the principle for awarding capital punishment.
  2. Court held that capital punishment can be awarded only if there are “zero mitigating circumstances.
  3. The award of death penalty should be “society-centric” and the litmus test is whether society will approve the awarding of death sentence or not.
  4. The court has to look into a variety of factors like society’s abhorrence, extreme indignation and antipathy to the crime.
  1. SC in Shanker Kisan Rao Khade vs Maharashtra, 2013 set out the principle for awarding capital punishment.
  2. Court held that capital punishment can be awarded only if there are zero mitigating circumstances.
  3. The award of death penalty should be “society-centric” and the litmus test is whether society will approve the awarding of death sentence or not.
  4. The court has to look into a variety of factors like society’s abhorrence, extreme indignation and antipathy to the crime.
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