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

India is one of 59 countries where the death penalty is still awarded by courts. More recently, the issue was debated in the run-up to the July 30 hanging of Mumbai blasts convict Yakub Memon.

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Should India retain the death penalty? Law panel report next week

The report assumes significance as it comes days after a debate was generated over the hanging of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon.

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Death penalty for kidnap: SC upholds validity of Sec 364A

The Supreme Court says provision required as terrorist activities acquiring menacing dimensions.

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Tripura House resolution: No death penalty, only life in jail

Leader of the Opposition Sudip Roy Burman (Congress) quoted Mahatma Gandhi as saying, “Only God gives us life and no other has the right to kill anybody”.

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One a midnight knock did save, in the nick of time

After staying the execution before midnight, the apex court on August 8, 2013, extended the stay and a few months later commuted the death sentence of Maganlal Barela was changed to life imprisonment.


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Body to remain suspended for half an hour and taken down only after medical officer has certified death.

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Rajya Sabha to debate death penalty today

The resolution, set to be discussed in the Upper House on Thursday, quotes former President A P J Abdul Kalam’s support for abolition of the death penalty.

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Law Commission consultation From Varun to Tharoor, voices emerge against death penalty

Varun said capital punishment was ‘politically counterproductive’ since it ‘created martyrs’.

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Former A P J Abdul Kalam favours abolition of death penalty

Kalam said as President he felt pain in deciding mercy petitions of death row convicts since most of them had ‘social and economic bias’.

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Explained: In the Supreme Court, some questions of Life and Death

SC will hear Monday petitions challenging death warrants issued against Amroha couple Shabnam and Salim, who killed 7 of her family in 2008.

Supreme Court confirms death penalty for 2 from UP

They were sentenced to death by the lower courts which was appealed against by the duo.

In this April 15, 2013, file photo, medical workers aid injured people following an explosion at the finish line of the 2013 Boston Marathon in Boston. Three people were killed and more than 260 were injured when twin pressure-cooker bombs exploded near the finish line. (Source: AP Photo)

Parents of Boston Marathon bombing victim say take death penalty off table

The Richards’ daughter, Jane, lost a leg in one of the explosions, and they both suffered injuries.

Nebraska may repeal death penalty amid shortage of lethal injection drugs

US state to replace capital punishment with life imprisonment amid lethal injection shortage.


President Pranab Mukherjee commutes death penalty of Assam man

Earlier, President Mukherjee had rejected mercy petitions of 22 death row convicts at a stretch.


Bill in RS to provide for death penalty for hijackers

Legislation to amend anti-hijack law is to incorporate global treaties like the Beijing Protocol, 2010.