Politicians put weight behind abolition of capital punishment
After Shashi Tharoor had got the debate started with his tweet "A death penalty at the end of a long and tedious process is no deterrent", he was joined in by BJP MPVarun Gandhi.
Gandhi said that death penalty should be done away with as it only made 'martyrs' of criminals.
Senior Congress leader Digvijay Singh had voiced his reservations too.
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5 pardons by President Pratibha Patil
In 2012, President Pratibha Patil handed out 5 pardons in capital punishment cases causing a storm, especially since one of the pardoned was Bandu Tidke, the rapist of a 16 year old had already died of HIV.
23 Aug 2015
Law Commission working on the death penalty report
The report on whether capital punishment should be done away with or retained is expected in a week's time.
The Law Commission will submit the report to the Supreme Court before the expiration of its term on 31 August.
A copy will be provided to the Law Minister as the final call will have to be taken by the Parliament.
28 Aug 2015
Except terror cases, death penalty maybe abolished
Going back on its previous stand, the Law Commission of India is seeking the abolition of death penalty in the country.
The 272-page draft report of the Law Commission is not in favour of the death penalty, with an exception to those involved in terror cases.
The commission reported that the doling out of death penalty did not deter the crimes anymore than imprisonment-for-life.