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Supreme Court commutes Bhullar’s death sentence PDF Print E-mail
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31 March 2014

The Supreme Court on Monday commuted the death sentence awarded to Devendra Pal Singh Bhullar in the '1993 Delhi bomb blast case' into life imprisonment applying the principle that inordinate and unexplained delay in disposal of mercy petition by the President of India and mental illness are grounds for commutation.

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Hanging of Afzal Guru was in violation of International Standards of Death Sentence and Execution, PDF Print E-mail
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29 February 2014

Amnesty International, in its report on Death Sentences and Executions in 2013 published this week, has condemned India for defying international standards for Death Sentences and Executions while executing Death Sentence of Afsal Guru.

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Abolish capital punishment: Rights activists PDF Print E-mail
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Members of human rights organisations in the City on Saturday condemned the continuation of the colonial tradition of awarding capital punishment to those convicted of murder in the country.


At a small convention on capital punishment, Nagaragere Ramesh, the convener, said even though some European countries which had originally started the concept of gallows, have abandoned it, it is ridiculous that India continues such a brutal tradition.

“The worst part is many sadistically celebrate whenever a person is hanged,” he said.



Hanging, no deterrent


Referring to the recent hanging of Afzal Guru and Ajmal Kasab, the participants claimed that hanging or capital punishment does not reflect our society as civil, but may attract an untoward response from those supporting the convicts.

K Channabasappa, a retired judge, called for a better system which involves the rehabilition of convicts instead of simply putting them to death. “Recently, the nation demanded death to the culprits in the Delhi rape case,” hs said. “Today, in Madhya Pradesh, a Swiss national was allegedly gang-raped. Therefore, the concept of hanging must be revisited and criminals must be sensitised against crime and if possible, they should be given a chance to reform.”

Members of the National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations and People’s Democratic Forum were present at the discussion.


 
NCHRO: Afzal Guru was Not Given Fair Trial Death penalty should be abolished in India PDF Print E-mail
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Afsel Guru Execution: Protest against Capital Punishment Delhi

National Confederation of Human Rights Organisations (NCHRO) demands the government of India to abolish the death punishment, as it against human rights. Article 5 of the Universal Declaration states: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”.

NCHRO also feels that Afzal Guru was not given fair option to defend himself.

The Supreme Court judgment that said that though it didn’t have proof that Afzal was a member of a terrorist group, and the evidence against him was only circumstantial, it was sentencing him to death to “satisfy the collective conscience of society.” Even though after being punished for satisfy the collective conscience of society the clemency reject by the President of India, the applicant has to be informed and he/she could appeal against it in the court. But this right also seems denied as the applicant of clemency for Afzal was his wife and as per her statement she was not informed in this regard.

 

And this execution in time when there is a calm in Kashmir and confident among Kashmiri Indians will only alienate them.

There is a collective conscience of society that the investigating Officers have Fabricated the Documents of the cases so an enquiry should made in this regard and responsible officers should be prosecuted under IPC section 194 & 195.

NCHRO strongly condemns the attack by Bajrang Dal members on the peaceful protest including women, student at Jantar Mantar,New Delhi today and demand for the government to arrest them.

 

 
Campaign for Prof. Bhullar at PU Chandigarh on 4 March PDF Print E-mail
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To promote the cause of seeking clemency for the victims of Death Penalty the Sikh Students Federation shall conduct a signature campaign at Punjab University Chandigarh on 4th of March, 2010. In a press statement issued by Jagdeep Singh, Joint Secretary of the organization, it is said that 139 countries around the globe have either abolished the death penalty in law or in practice. Recently Keniya has stayed the execution of about 3000 prisoners, who were awarded death penalty. India has not executed any prisoner for death penalty after 2004 and before that the last execution took place in1997. The track record shows that India is fast moving towards a state which is not in favor of death penalty. “However till India decides to do away with the death penalty, it’s essential to draw attention to the prisoners who are facing death penalty in this country which are totaling in number in relation to whom mercy petitions are pending before the President Of India.” said SSF President, Parmjeet Singh Gazi.

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