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.
The report assumes significance as it comes days after a debate was generated over the hanging of Mumbai serial blasts convict Yakub Memon.
The Supreme Court says provision required as terrorist activities acquiring menacing dimensions.
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”.
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.
Body to remain suspended for half an hour and taken down only after medical officer has certified death.
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.
Varun said capital punishment was ‘politically counterproductive’ since it ‘created martyrs’.
Kalam said as President he felt pain in deciding mercy petitions of death row convicts since most of them had ‘social and economic bias’.
SC will hear Monday petitions challenging death warrants issued against Amroha couple Shabnam and Salim, who killed 7 of her family in 2008.
They were sentenced to death by the lower courts which was appealed against by the duo.
The Richards’ daughter, Jane, lost a leg in one of the explosions, and they both suffered injuries.
US state to replace capital punishment with life imprisonment amid lethal injection shortage.
Earlier, President Mukherjee had rejected mercy petitions of 22 death row convicts at a stretch.
Legislation to amend anti-hijack law is to incorporate global treaties like the Beijing Protocol, 2010.