18th aug 2011 Hindu editorial
· universal declaration of human rights art 5 calls for ending death penalities
· why stop?
o It doesn’t deter crime
o There is more possibility of someone being punished wrongly and irrevocably
o No humane method available to execute people
· Why should it remain?
o It is only way to provide justice to people affected by heinous crimes
· Current status
o UN has passed 3 resolutions so far claling for ending the inhumane practice
o India, US, China others continue this rpactice
o 96 countries have abolished it and 34 have put a moratorium
o India alst executed in 2004. But last eyar courts gave 105 death sentences
o There is no scope for eye for an eye in modern criminal justice system
o Instead lifetime imprisonment could serve the purpose