India's Supreme Court seeks gov't response on replacement of death sentence

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/10/7 12:21:46

India's Supreme Court Friday sought the country's government's response on a petition that demands replacement of death sentence.

A three-judge bench, headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra, gave the Indian government three weeks to file its reply on the plea filed by a lawyer, Rishi Malhotra, which says that death by hanging is not only barbaric and cruel but also against several resolutions of the United Nations.

Stating the Indian Constitution is a compassionate one that recognizes the principle of right to life, the apex court asked if the government can think of other mode for death row convicts, given the dynamic progress in modern science.

There are around 400 death row convicts in India. But executions are rarely carried out in this country. Only four executions have been carried out since 2004.

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