ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Futility of Capital Punishment

The judgment on the 16 December 2012 Delhi gang rape case awarding death penalty to all four accused seems to have brought finality to the cries for justice. While this judgment is found to be in consonance with the majority’s demand, Peoples Union for Democratic Rights (PUDR) yet again reaffirms its stand on the futility of capital punishment.

In opposing the punishment of death to the four accused, we do not defend the crime for which they have been penalised. PUDR believes that the act committed by the accused was a brutal, inhuman and gruesome one that called for serious punishment. However, we are convinced that the death penalty cannot be the answer.

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