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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Death penalty 'barbaric, anti-life': SC judge

PTI | Nov 15, 2011, 07.32PM IST
NEW DELHI: Justice AK Ganguly of the Supreme court has termed the award of death sentence as "barbaric, anti-life, undemocratic and irresponsible" which is "legal" in the prevailing judicial system.

Describing this as his "personal view", Justice Ganguly said the Constitutional guarantee of right to life cannot be subjected to "vague premises".

The doctrine of the crime falling in the'rarest of rare' category in awarding the death penalty was a "grey" area as its interpretation depended on individual judges, he said, adding the "sentencing structures" should be in consonance with the goals set by the Constitution.

The remarks were made by Justice Ganguly yesterday at a two-day seminar on 'Abolition of Death Penalty in India'. The seminar was organized by the Jindal Global Law School at Sonepat in Haryana.

The sitting judge of the apex court said sending a convict to the gallows, is legal but "barbaric, anti-life, undemocratic and irresponsible"..

The guilt of an accused should be proved beyond "lingering" doubt in cases warranting the award of capital punishment, which has so far not yet been evolved.

He cautioned that before giving death penalty, a judge must be "extremely careful" and weigh "mitigating and aggravating circumstances".

The Judge said the state must adduce evidence that the accused cannot be reformed.

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Death-penalty-barbaric-anti-life-SC-judge/articleshow/10742277.cms
accessed on 15th Nov 2011

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