Cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment: Dy­ing sev­eral deaths

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Harry Stevens and Aparna Al­luri letters@hin­dus­tan­

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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