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Abolish the death penalty in India

Dear Prime Minister,

We the undersigned, troubled by the arbitrary, flawed and biased use of capital punishment in India are writing to ask you to abolish the death penalty.

For years, the death penalty has been awarded in India in ways the Supreme Court has described as inconsistent, subjective and judge-centric. Convicts who commit similar crimes are given the death penalty by some judges and life imprisonment by other judges. Prisoners declared innocent and acquitted by lower courts are given the death penalty by higher courts.

Courts have made fatal mistakes in using the ‘rarest-of-rare’ test to determine if the death penalty should be given. At least 13 people have been wrongly sentenced to death by the Supreme Court and at least two – Ramji Rao and Surja Ram – have been hanged in error.
Courts in India award the death penalty about once in three days, on average. The poorer a person is, the more likely he/she is to be sentenced to death. The use of death penalty has a class bias and discriminates against the most powerless people in our society. False evidence and manipulated investigations are common and are used to benefit influential offenders.

Today, whether a prisoner is given the death sentence or not in India depends on not just the crime but on other factors like quality of lawyers, political interest in the case and personal views of judges.

The death penalty is inconsistent and unfair. It is not a deterrent, it is not justice, and its use stains our society. From Mahatma Gandhi to B R Ambedkar, India’s founding fathers have called for the abolition of the death penalty. It is time to end this cruel, inhumane and degrading punishment.

We urge you to take immediate steps to commute all death sentences to terms of imprisonment and abolish the death penalty in India.

Yours Sincerely,

Amnesty International and People of India

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Inconsistency:

Three people, Harban, Kashmira and Jeeta were sentenced to death for a crime in which they played similar roles. But they met different fates. Kashmira Singh’s petition to the Supreme Court was accepted and his sentence commuted to life imprisonment. Harbans Singh was recommended by the court for clemency from the President. Jeeta Singh’s petition was dismissed and he was hanged.

Flaws:

In August 2012, 14 retired judges wrote to the President of India, pointing out that the Supreme Court had wrongly awarded the death sentence to 13 people. They called the execution of two wrongly sentenced prisoners in 1996 and 1997, “the gravest known miscarriage of justice in the history of crime and punishment in independent India”.

Bias:

“I thought I should get all these (capital punishment) cases examined from a normal citizen’s point of view in terms of the crime, intensity of the crime and the social and financial status of the individuals who were convicted and awarded capital punishment. This study revealed to my surprise that almost all the cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.” APJ Abdul Kalam.

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Nepal, Bhutan & Mauritius are among those countries, whose laws do not provide for the death penalty for any crime (i.e. those countries are Abolitionist for all crimes). Nepal, Bhutan & Mauritius are quite close to India in several ways. But still India is a retentionist country. One may explore & compare the different features of Nepal, Bhutan & Mauritius with India through visiting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepalhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bhutanhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauritiushttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/India … 1 thing is very clear based on the available facts, as abolitionist countries, Nepal, Bhutan & Mauritius are NOT affected by more violence! Know about ‘Abolitionist and Retentionist Countries’ @ http://www.amnesty.org/en/death-penalty/abolitionist-and-retentionist-countries
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Also as per the Optional Protocol on ICCPR, death penalty is in itself a violation of human rights
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We are not supposed to take life ,let us try to change the attitude & mindset of the people involved in crime!
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