Abolition of the Death Penalty: A Tough Road ahead for India

The movement against the death penalty in present-day India faces a tremendous challenge in terms of extensive public clamour for swift executions, removal of appeals, and even support for summary executions. 
With the imminent execution of the four convicts in the Delhi gang rape and murder case against the background of reactions to incidents in Hyderabad, Kathua and Unnao, harsher punishments are receiving tremendous public support, and politicians are only happy to oblige. The Supreme Court has issued administrative orders (1) to hear death sentence cases faster amidst misplaced concerns in the public that death row prisoners have too many loopholes in the law to exploit.
Framing the death penalty as a political–legal issue in India is not easy. Located within the wider spectrum of social and state violence in India, the exceptional nature of the cruelty of the death penalty is difficult to establish. 
The suffering inflicted by the death penalty is the constant and daily uncerta…

Abolishing death penalty: Cabinet to decide next month if it goes to Malaysian Parliament

ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Cabinet will make a final decision on whether to bring the abolition of the mandatory death sentence to Parliament next month, says Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong.

He said the government first made the suggestion to abolish the mandatory death sentence on Oct 10 last year.

Following this, Liew – the de facto Law Minister – has met with relatives of victims and death row inmates, as well as people from civil society and non-governmental organisations.

“We have taken everything into consideration for the Cabinet to decide on the matter.

“If the Cabinet agrees to it, then it will be brought to Parliament in March,” he said when met after visiting a proposed site for a new court complex here in Kota Iskandar on Thursday (Feb 14).

The next parliamentary sitting will take place from March 11 to April 11.

The death penalty involves 33 offences provided for under eight acts of law, including Section 302 of the Penal Code which deals with murder.

At present, there are some 1,200 people on death row for crimes including murder, kidnapping and drug trafficking.

Source: The Star, Mohd Farhaan Shah, February 14, 2019

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