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Law Commission likely to recommend gradual phasing out of death penalty except in terror-related cases


By NewsGram Staff-Writer


New Delhi: The Law Commission, which is scheduled to submit its report on death penalty to the Supreme Court and the law ministry on Monday, may recommend a gradual removal of the death sentences.

The panel, which is headed by Justice A P Shah is likely to propose a replacement of the death penalty with severe punishments like imprisonment ranging from 30 years up to 60 years for serious crimes, according to a report in Times of India.

After detailed consultation and analysis, the commission appears to have come to the conclusion that in the cases related to terrorism, the issue of death penalty is better left to the legislature, as it concerns the national security.

Further, the Law Commission may propose the government to adopt the United Kingdom’s approach in phasing out death penalty. UK had first cut down the number of crimes in which death penalty could be given, then in 1998 it removed death penalty for treason and piracy crimes, and finally abolished the capital punishment completely in 1999.

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Rape is a heinous crime and the rapists should not be set free.


The horrendous acts committed by four boys provoked nationwide outrage. The accused, after the premeditated rape, had set the victim’s body on fire. Nothing could be as shocking as this. Thank God today those four got shot dead in an encounter. I salute the police even if it is a fake encounter. What more we need more than the confession by the criminals. The “evil” must be done away with by all means at the earliest. Else, the rapists will be set free within a few months/years. This again will only embolden other sadists.

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The monsters who raped Nirbhaya in 2012 were awarded with a sewing machine along with the cash prize of Rs 10000/-.

I’m afraid, there is no shortage of leaders and so-called “activists” in the country who stand up and scream to defend the criminals of high order. The monsters who raped Nirbhaya in 2012 was awarded with a sewing machine along with the cash prize of Rs 10000/-. Who proposed this beastly idea? It was by our leaders. Why didn’t we condemn such leaders first? Tolerating the evil is itself a big sin.

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This is nothing but allowing to rape the body of society!  Therefore, I fear certain “leaders and activists” of modern times that question the values of humanity, but keep mum, or defend evil of a “certain” kind.

Salil Gewali is a well-known writer and author of ‘Great Minds of India’.