Death Penalty

Death Penalty

Nirbhaya Case: Supreme Court dismisses death convict Mukesh's plea against rejection of mercy petition

As per the death warrant issued by Sessions Court, the execution of the warrant is scheduled for February 1, 2020, at 6 am.

January 29,2020

Death Penalty

President’s suggestion to make right to seek mercy subjective is a constitutional betrayal

The President has the power to mould public opinion; he must use that power responsibly

December 14,2019

Death Penalty

No statistics to prove deterrence of the death penalty, says Calcutta High Court

“Deterrence is one of the avowed objects of penology and commutation of such sentence would defeat the legislative intent to give death penalty” in exceptional cases

December 10,2019


Justice A K Sikri and the Death Penalty

 An Uncertain Legacy.

March 24,2019

Death Penalty

Politics of death penalty

The death penalty is another method of policing vulnerable communities and is symptomatic of what the current criminal justice system already is. All aspects of the criminal justice system are politically tinted, such as, who is to be arrested and investigated, who is likely to be unrepresented or poorly represented at trial, who the judge thinks is more likely to have committed the crime and deserves punishment, and whether the mercy petition is considered or not.

August 7,2018

Death Penalty

Death penalty is premeditated murder

The aim of punishment is reformative, otherwise everyone would get the death sentence for the smallest of crimes. The reformatory theory of punishment is one that acknowledges the guilt of society in creating a criminal.

July 15,2018

Death Penalty

SC rejects Nirbhaya rapist’s review plea

The bench comprising of the Chief Justice Dipak Misra, and Justices R Banumathi and Ashok Bhushan, found no grounds in the petition which would have invoked the Court’s review jurisdiction as per Article 137 of the Constitution read in consonance with Order XLVII, Rule 1 of the Supreme Court Rules, 2013.

July 10,2018

Death Penalty

No solution to deep malaise

This is a classic case of over-legislation and under-implementation, and as child rights groups point out, capital punishment will worsen under-reporting as 94% of the offenders are known to the child victim.

May 25,2018

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