ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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Inconsistent Death Sentencing in India

The murder of Graham Staines and his two minor sons was no less "brutal" or "barbaric" and no less of a "slur on the nation" than an honour killing. In both, the murderer sought to interfere with the fundamental constitutional rights of his victims. Yet, the Supreme Court advocated the death penalty in the honour killing case but only life imprisonment in the Staines case. There are strong moral reasons for abolishing the death penalty altogether. However, as long as it continues to exist on the statute books, it must be applied in a constitutionally consistent manner, an approach which must accord equal status to equal rights.

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