1. HRW asks India to abolish death penalty after Yakub Memon’s hanging

HRW asks India to abolish death penalty after Yakub Memon’s hanging

A leading human rights organisation today renewed its call for India to abolish death penalty after it executed 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, saying there is no evidence that the "cruel" form of punishment acts as a deterrent.

By: | Published: July 31, 2015 9:07 AM

A leading human rights organisation today renewed its call for India to abolish death penalty after it executed 1993 Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon, saying there is no evidence that the “cruel” form of punishment acts as a deterrent.

Human Rights Watch said that India should adopt the message of Mahatma Gandhi that an “eye for an eye will make the whole world blind” as the practice of death penalty is “blinding the Indian Justice.”

“So, why does India cling to capital punishment? Perhaps the government is afraid to be seen as soft in the face of horrific terrorist attacks or other crimes like the 2013 gang rape of a student in New Delhi. But the often professed goals for capital punishment u2013 deterrence, reformation, or justice u2013 hardly hold up to scrutiny,” said Jayshree Bajoria, researcher in the Asia Division.

She said there is no conclusive evidence from India to show that the death penalty acts as a deterrent.

“Capital punishment should also be rejected on the simple grounds it is irreversible…Plus, these death sentences are meted out by a criminal justice system known to be abusive, under-resourced, and in urgent need of reform,” she added.

“It is definitely time for India to change. A saying famously attributed to Gandhi is: ‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind’. India should adopt his message, and end the use of the death penalty for retribution,” she added.

She said Memon’s case highlights another “fundamental flaw” that India lacks any credible process to assess whether an accused is capable of reform.

“More importantly, most Indian prisons lack adequate or effective systems to help the reformation or rehabilitation of prisoners. Those on death row are treated even worse,” she said.

Memon was hanged on his 53rd birthday today after he exhausted all legal options to appeal his conviction in the Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 others.

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    Jul 31, 2015 at 10:40 am
    India does not believe in capital punishment which is prevalent mostly in gulf countries . Its records of deaths also proves the same. But exception have to be made to protect the integrity of the state and to avoid hijacking to free high profile terrorist who commit lunatic acts like bombing a city.
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      plutos1
      Jul 31, 2015 at 10:40 am
      WHAT WILL HRW PERSONS DO IF SOMEONE BLASTS THEIR FAMILY MEMBERS? THE HRW IS MEANT ONLY TO SUPPORT CULPRITS! THEY NEVER CAME FORWARD FOR PEOPLE THAT WERE DISPLACED FROM J&K ? WHY??? THEY CANNOT ANSWER BCOZ THE HRW IS FUNDED BY SOME FOREIGN PEOPLE WHO WANT TO CIRCULATE TERRORISM IN INDIA......................... INSTEAD HRW NEEDS TO BE BANNED.............
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        plutos1
        Jul 31, 2015 at 10:47 am
        hrw never came forward when people were displaced from j &k ? and when the government tried to resettle them their was a voice from j&k against the people to be reesettled. Then why hrw did not come forward?? .... the answer is simple... hrw is being funded by foreign people trying to influence india through terrorism..... Instead hrw needs to be banned who are trying to show itself supreme over supreme court and parliament , president and prime minister
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          Anand Ch
          Jul 31, 2015 at 10:44 am
          Why not ? Let them send all their staff and volunteers We will position them on LOC and with draw our Jawans. If they are alive for next 48 hours, then we can think of death penalty.
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            100crore catoons
            Aug 21, 2015 at 12:16 pm
            My dear commenters don't point a finger to gulf Islamic law....those countries are Democratic by system act and justice....they are not "scammer government".....and briber police.......there "sangha parivar" and partiality on the basis of name
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              Padang Sangyu
              Jul 31, 2015 at 10:35 am
              Capital punishment should be made stronger for many reason in india
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                Sourabh
                Jul 31, 2015 at 9:01 am
                I feel that activists like Jayshree Bajoria and the HRW are the real people who are the terrorist. They are very concerned about the well being of the criminal proven guilty but not so much concern for the people who suffered at the hands of the terrorist. They are right that the death penalty does not serve as a deterrent. The reason is the delay and the way its executed. One needs to set an example in such cases and execute them in public with a slow painful death. This may not make the victims of the families but surely they would feel better.
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                  t p
                  Jul 31, 2015 at 2:26 pm
                  It appears that such supporters were either getting monetary support from the yakub or want to save his family & friends from the further punishment.
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                    Yakub
                    Jul 31, 2015 at 10:43 am
                    Fu** you and fu** hi! Tell this to the innocents who were brutally killed in the bombings. s like you give more strength and liberty to terrorists.
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