Capital punishment: Dying several deaths
NEW DELHI: More than 95% of people given capital punishment since 2000 were taken off the death row, a new report by the National Law University shows, underscoring a wide willingness in India’s lower judiciary to impose the harshest penalty without enough evidence. The report, released by the university’s Centre on the Death Penalty, points to a broken system: Crippling delays, ineffective lawyers and rampant civil rights violations in the long wait for death which, in some cases, stretched to decades, before higher courts commuted the sentences. In some instances, the accused were even acquitted.
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