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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.

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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.


China clears man 18 years after his execution

China is believed to execute more people for crimes than the rest of the world combined.


India votes against UNGA resolution on death penalty

India voted against the resolution as it goes “against our statutory law”.


Revenge isn’t sweet

A UN resolution in 2012 has called for a moratorium on the death penalty, which was adopted by 111 member states.


Bangla media tycoon gets death for 1971 war crimes

Amid heavy security, the court simultaneously sentenced him to a 72-year imprisonment for several other charges.


Don’t blame judges for death penalty: SC

Sharma represented convicts Mukesh and Pawan Gupta, whose death sentences have been stayed by the SC, pending their appeal.

Centre to file curative petition in apex court

A three-judge Bench had passed an order on January 21 commuting the death penalty.