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The idea behind this blog is to collect information on the death penalty in India and make it accessible. We are trying our best to put the latest information on the people who are currently on death row, the status of their cases, their mercy petitions and also the information on any death sentence across the country. Please feel free to write us and give us your suggestions and comments and also any information you have come across regarding the death penalty in India. Our email id is abolishdeathpenaltyindia@gmail.com The blog is currently managed by Grace Pelly, Lara Jesani, Nitu Sanadhya, Rebecca Gonsalvez, Reena Mary George and Vijay Hiremath. Kindly mark copies of the emails to: vijayhiremath@gmail.com reena.mary.george@univie.ac.at

Thursday, March 14, 2013

High Court commutes death penalty to life term

Express News Service - KOCHI 07th March 2013 : The Kerala High Court on Wednesday set aside the capital punishment awarded to a carpenter who killed his wife. A Division Bench comprising Justice K T Sankaran and Justice M L Joseph Francis passed the order while considering the petition filed by Ramachandran, of Malappuram, seeking a review of the death punishment awarded by the Manjeri Additional Sessions Court. The Bench awarded life imprisonment to the accused. It is held that life imprisonment is a rule and death sentence is an exception. The court observed that there is nothing on record to show that he has a criminal background. The accused is not dangerous to society. “His act was heinous. But it will not come under the ‘rarest of rare cases’. So the accused does not need to be eliminated from society,” the Bench observed. Courtesy : http://newindianexpress.com/states/kerala/article1491390.ece

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