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Updated: February 17, 2013 03:11 IST

Terror and horror of the death sentence

V. R. Krishna Iyer
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Gandhi’s country must set an example by abolishing capital punishment, says Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer

The President has dismissed the mercy petitions of four of Veerappan’s associates who had been sentenced to death. They should not hang.

I appeal to the authorities to remove the death sentence from the statute book. Every state execution amounts to nothing but murder. The people of India must rise against such grave crimes by the state. The state cannot take away the right to life.

I appeal to my countrymen, and the comity of nations, to campaign against such slaughter. About 90 per cent of the world’s states have abolished the death sentence.

Life is given by God and can be taken away only by God. Execution by the state amounts to inhumanity. Gandhi’s country must set an example by abolishing the capital punishment. Even if supported by a judicial verdict, the state should not hang a human being.

I plead with the President and elected leaders: no more hanging. Abolish the gallows.

I have always opposed the capital punishment, as a judge and otherwise. Lord Scarman, in a Privy Council judgment, followed my judgments and wrote to me: “I am sending you a copy of the Privy Council Appeal judgment from Jamaica. The case is Riley v. The Attorney-General. You will see that Lord Brightman and myself in our dissenting opinion made very great use of some observations of yours in the Indian Supreme Court. Thank you so much for the really passionate way in which you have in the past and continue now to forward the cause of human rights.”

Lord Denning, the great judge, wrote to me: “…You have indeed been using your time to full advantage. Your book on Human Rights and the Law will be of the greatest value to many. During your time on the bench, you were a leader of thought on these matters and your judgments have received much acclaim. I find myself largely in agreement with your point of view…”

Arise, awake and stop not till execution is annihilated and the state stands for human life and opposes the death penalty. A movement by all the people of India should support the campaign against taking away human life. All life, even the smallest, is divine. What God has given no man and no state shall take away.

The divinity of life is our vision. To preserve it is a majestic mission. Danse macabre be not proud. You are impotent.

(V.R. Krishna Iyer was a Judge of the Supreme Court.)

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I wholeheartedly agree with Mr.Hariharan's comment. He is right. If What God has given no man shall take away, true, but how dare man take away divine life of his fellow men? Have we at one time sat and thought of the pain and fear the victim had been made to endure as he is being murdered so brutally? Let us give due respect and consideration to the divine human life that had to end with such cruelty, if at all we honor God.

from:  Mary Thomas
Posted on: Feb 18, 2013 at 19:39 IST

Yes, it is really saddening to hear that someone has been awarded death setence. But in India this punishment is given in rarest of rare case, in case of extream brutality, an act proved as war against nation, etc.

I think author should have also advocated punishments that should replace capital punishment.

At one place author has written "What God has given no man and no state shall take away.". If a man takes away what God has given then what state shall do?

from:  Santosh
Posted on: Feb 18, 2013 at 17:21 IST

Messrs Hariharan, Freddy & Sandilya

Your comments imply that the death penalty has a deterrent effect. Not true!

The National Academies in the USA (nationalacademies.org) has analysed dubious
and quasi scientific claims such as yours made during the last 30 years and
published the findings in the book “Deterrence And The Death Penalty”

I cite from the summary:

“...concludes that research to date on the effect of capital punishment on homicide
rates is not useful in determining whether the death penalty increases, decreases,
or has no effect on these rates. The key question is whether capital punishment is
less or more effective as a deterrent than alternative punishments, such as a life
sentence without...parole...”

India’s corrupt and politicised police forces are incapable of proper forensics and
even the innocent can be easily framed. Against this backdrop, retention of the
death penalty is dangerous and prone to being used a political tool - as this case
has amply shown.

from:  V. Suresh
Posted on: Feb 18, 2013 at 13:46 IST

Life is given by God and can be taken away only by God.....We as humans have no concept of what God does or does not want. Perhaps this is how God has deemed how this person should die. If it were wrong then God would not have allowed trial, conviction, sentencing etc to have happened.I am not a proponent of the death penalty since the country I live in does not have one. But there are in few instances I agree it should be used, but in only the most compelling of reasons.

from:  Donut
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 23:05 IST

Mr Iyer should not support those who were responsible for taking the lives of those who cannot defend themselves like woman, children and that to very cruelly. They should be punished in the same manner with death sentence. By the same token of Iyer, if Ravan was not put to death by Rama for taking away Sita when she was alone, more Ravans would grow, and Indian lawyers will have all the time defending them in courts. Also why should India tax payers' money be spent for their life time in jail.

from:  MVJRao
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 20:27 IST

How do we give justice t the victim’s family? All those, like Justice
Iyer in this article, who are making arguments against death penalty
must find out the feelings and sentiments of those who’s dear and near
ones have been killed by the individual who has been given the death
sentence.
. If death penalty is to be done away with, I believe that a jail term
for remaining part of life with hard labour, with no concessions or
parole, may be a better alternative. But still the question in some
readers’ mind would be “why should the society bear the cost of
keeping the murderer alive for so many years? “. This question has no
logical answer.
Incidentally, if death penalty is to be considered as an effective
deterrent for preventing crimes of rape, terror and similar other
crimes where innocent lives are killed (and I consider so called
honour killings in the same category), we must review our law of
pardon by the President of India.

from:  Narendra M Apte
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 19:56 IST

Couldn't agree more. Insane acts of people causes anguish and clouds our thinking. Revenge only makes us one of them. Hope this gets more traction.

from:  Senthil Natarajan
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 19:05 IST

It is really sadening that a democratic country who taught entire world nonviolance
is awarding death punishment very frequently. Till yesterday everybody was
thinking that it is only legal procedure and even after awarding death punishment
these people will not be hanged. But suddenly scenerio changed with kasab hanging.
Sometime it looks like that government is trying to prove itself during last years of its
second tenure about its toughness when it is blamed by all quarters of society for its
blind eye towards corruption. now four convict is on row for hanging and it give
impression that government is trying to prove that hanging of afzal guru was not
selective to kashmir.

from:  Dr Ajay
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 18:03 IST

While fully agreeing with the legal luminary Justice Krishna Iyer that a life given by God cannot be taken away by the state, who gives the murderer the right to cold bloodedly take away a life? If redemption of a murderer is the goal how can someone who is sentenced to life without any possibility of release till death be reformed in any way? Death sentence is inhuman but equally inhuman are the acts of terrorists and mass murderers, especially those who snuff out innocent lives with nary a qualm or a twinge of conscience.

from:  C V ARAVIND
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 17:54 IST

This is indeed an awesome article which every human being with a sense
of responsibility to protect the sanctity of human life should read.

from:  Rajesh Saligram
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 17:45 IST

I whole heartedly support Mr Iyer's statement. If not for God, at least
for mankind. It cannot be that the State which has a duty to its
citizen, should be the one who should deny the citizen his life. It is
an explicit violation of an individual's human rights, specifically the
Right to Life.

from:  Eric Selvaraj
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 17:35 IST

One pragmatic reason for abolishing the death penalty which is
independent of subjective religious or anthropomorphic considerations
is the fact that in many cases in the U.S.A and elsewhere years after
the award of death penalty and execution of a person for murder it was
found that the person punished was really innocent and had been
wrongly awarded the death penalty. This consideration alone has led
people in the civilized world to argue for the abolition of death
penalty irrespective of any religious or subjective reason. The
execution of a person in secret as in the recent hanging of Afzal Guru
is even more macabre.Death penalty is uncivilized and when
it is carried out in secret then it is savagery in its worst avatar.

from:  taffazull
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 16:25 IST

Capital punishment has been on the table of discussion with the recent hanging of Kasab and Afsal Guru.
I believe that nobody has right to take the lives of others but what to do when the condition demands?When a man is posing threat to many in a society,how to handle him?I cannot understand the logic.I understand capital is awarded to only people who do the crimes of the severst nature.Put it this way,if capital punishment is abolished,how will punish the perpetrator of a heinous crime.Imprisoment?I dont think it is logical to give only imprisonment for the crimes of severest nature.
Now in India only a few people stand against awarding capital punishment and the same are actually moved by the sentimental dramma unfolded near about the time of hanging.But,let me ask, why don't thse same people of sentiments think about the tortures and trauma suffered by the victims of the crime.
How many of the people who stand against death penalty will stick to it if an incident happen to them?

from:  pallikunnil Divakaran
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 16:08 IST

At last some saner minds have started talking openly about this
brutality. There is still hope for India from turning into a vengence
seeking vigilante state.

from:  DR.R.VENKATARAMAN
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 15:25 IST

It is heartening to find justice V.R.Krishna Iyer opposing death sentence tooth and nail. Everyone espousing human centered social values should rally behind the legal luminary. Every human is condemned to death as soon as born;it is philosophy; our mortality is something beyond debate as of now. But no earthly authority has the right to take away the life of a human without violating the holy code of God. Death as a penalty for deterring crimes was not an invention of the civilized modern republics but an extension of the instant punishment meted out by ancient kings and was in vogue in primitive societies.That death as a penalty is not effective as a deterrent to the recurrence of crimes has been proved time and again by assiduously collected data shall be taken as a wake up call to everyone living in the post-modern 21st century with democratic human right credentials and intellectual sophistication. It's time an alternative penal code was invented to deter crimes with a human heart

from:  Dr.Swami D Francis
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 14:19 IST

V.R. Krishna iyer & many of the proponents of abolishing death penalty
view that the state handing out death penalty tantamounts to nothing
but murder and therefore death penalty must be abolished. The
proponents of this theory fail to understand that the death penalty is
meted out only to those who thoughtfully conspire, collaborate and or
execute killing of individuals, or businessmen, or social activists or
Government officials, police, politicians to usurp properties/land/
money or to avenge sexual gratification or the lack of it, wage war
against nation which are rare cases. These killers hand out death
penalty to the victims without any mercy. In this age politicians,
corporates, groups hire professional killers to grab land and other
properties, besides engaging in large scale corruption.The abolishing
of death penalty will only embolden these evil group to pursue their
loot by killings. Increase in crime rate is only because of inept
investigation & justice delivery system.

from:  hariharan
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 14:18 IST

Though the learned Judge puts across his point very vividly, one word
'Divine' beats me. When he says 'Life is given by God' and so it is
divine, the same God also gave Law to preserve that life. When someone
takes away that sacred life, I believe that the laws of Law-giver
should be applied to safeguard other lives. All the 'Sacred Books'
does preach the sanctity of life in this world, and in the same breath
sanctions the 'elimination' of the murderer. The Authority under whom
the power of elimination of the perpetrator is vested is the State--
after a fair trial to establish the crime. All this exercise is
followed to ascertain that the same divine life of others is protected
and safeguarded. The only problem is that the Head of the State has no
moral authority to pardon the said culprit--if anybody has the right
to pardon, then it is the kith and kin of the murdered. Crime against
the State comes under a different purview.

from:  Saleh Abdul Qahhar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 14:13 IST

"All life, even the smallest, is divine. What God has given no man and no state shall take away"

whats the alternative to reform the culprits and set a benchmark as a warning so that no other person commits the same crime?

from:  Freddy
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 13:58 IST

Mr Iyer is in the habbit of quoting from letters received by him from 'white sahibs' of yesteryears. As a jurist and a judge he stands tall amonst the Indian Judicial family and he does not require the accolodes of a foreigner to back his opinion on any subject. His passionate plea has only one side to it. Allowing the killers, terrorists, rapists and child molestors to live in prison at the expense of the tax payer for the entire natural life is a travesty of justice.

I am with the President here. No mercy for mass murderers.

Every action of every living organism is an instrument of God's Will.

from:  mani sandilya
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 13:49 IST

I agree with Justice Krishna Iyer but in India is not USA or Britain where most of the people are literate and justice is fast and there is some amount of fear for grave offenses like terrorism and crime against the state. There is no need to abolish capital punishment in India till our nation becomes fully developed state like Japan, USA and UK. There is also need for speedier trial of grave offenses to ensure better justice.

from:  murli venkatraman
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 13:34 IST

1. The life of Animals is also given by GOD. How are innocent animals different from humans? Can you fight for a law which opposes animal slaughter first. Then I will fully support your cause.

2. A killing is a killing, whether in war or in gallows. Can you prevent all the killing that happens in wars?

from:  Murali
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 13:06 IST

I agree 100%.It is against the sanathana dhrma advocated by the hindus
of Hindustan.

from:  K.R.Madhu Kumar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 12:56 IST

true..as the writer says "life is given by god and can be taken only by
god"...does not the same thing apply to human beings who are killed or
raped by lunatics???

from:  samaksha
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 12:45 IST

Respected sir, you are very right ..but don't you feel sir, if there
is graver wrong, why should not be there a graver displeasure ?
These Offenders are persons who did not able to afford the expenses
of society..expenses in the sense..the social tranquility, peace &
order and to forbear themselves from committing wrongs.
If there should be no graver punishment..the State must ensure that
there should be no incidents of graver offences too.
It is still arguable that provision for death sentence did not change
the happening, occurrence and recurrence of such crimes..on the same
lines.. it is also evident that the countries which abolished the
death sentence..are still not immune or showed much downgrade
tendency of commission of such grave offences.
The suffering of victims can never be equated with the consequential
suffering of offenders.

from:  Avinash
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 12:35 IST

Krishna Iyers argument against death penalty is poor. He should keep his superstitions (god) aside or he will have to answer who instructs his so called 'divine creation' committ crime in the first place. We follow constitutional morality. Two reasons are sufficient agruments against death penalty.
a) No man becomes a criminal all by himself. The society plays an equal part and therefore the entire blame cannot be placed on one mans head
b) Criminal justice system is far from perfect. Its full of corruption, casteism and nepotism. Thus complete authority over a mans life cannot be given in the hands of a judge.

from:  Deepankar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 12:17 IST

Rejecting the mercy pleas is now becoming a fashion for the present
central Government. The recent rejections and secret hangings are
creating many doubts on the capital punishment as well as the chastity
of the India's criminal justice system. Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer's
pleadings against the death sentence are absolutely right and every
citizen of India must raise their voice against the barbaric provision
incorporated in the penal code. Most of the nations have felt of the
inhuman punishment which creates scars on the family of the punished.

from:  M. Xavier alias Mosay
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 12:03 IST

One has to be a victim to really understand the pain one goes through.
So one should really ask the 22 families whose lives have been broken
whether death penalty is right in this case.

from:  Shiva
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 12:01 IST

"All life, even the smallest, is divine". What about the millions of
animals slaughtered every day by the believers?

from:  R.Kurup
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 11:42 IST

I absolutely agree. Recent calls for "hang the culprits" shows we have forgotten the Mahatma. Our president has made it a priority to lead this call.

from:  Barry
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 11:21 IST

Thank you, Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer for these powerful words of
conscience, and for reminding us that India is, or ought to be,
"Gandhi's country". If not for such strong humanitarian principles and
compassion, what should India really stand for? In fact, what then
really is India, if it does not heed the urging of men such as Justice
V.R. Krishna Iyer? It would be just a piece of real estate, to be
owned by those who can afford and propped up as a "nation" using lies
and propaganda. My thanks also to 'The Hindu' for consistently taking
a stand against this inhumane, and all too often arbitrary, practice
that should be abolished forthwith. It will happen when conscience is
awakened in a sufficiently large number of people. My hope is that it
happens immediately so that even a single act of miscarriage of
justice does not take place anymore.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 11:09 IST

sir god must be busy somewhere else & he has given discretion to human so i feel we must not disturb god for each and every act , perhaps he wants us to be strong enough to execute such tasks.

from:  shailesh patel
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 11:03 IST

Though I find my self on the same side as Mr VR Krishna but I fail to understand that
why should these criminals be living on public exchequer? Taking a life is not state's
prerogative or for the matter of fact, no one's. But I believe that if we don't have the
capital punishment or any other kind of supreme punishment, perpetrators won't
have any kind of fear. Committing a crime would be like an assurance to all the
impoverished and lethargic junta of food and place to rest. Putting forward a thought
is much easy than implementing it. I would have liked to hear a solution from the
author. And put aside the load on public exchequer, can we guarantee that they
won't run away from penitentiaries if found a way ?

from:  Kshitij
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 11:00 IST

The core of the learned Justice Krishna Iyer's passionate appeal for the abolition of the death sentence seems to be based on the presumption of the existence of God and that the rights of life and death are of such an entity alone. This argument has two serious flaws. First, the existence of the such an entity is suspect and next, the families of the unfortunate victims of crime will certainly not agree that the death of their beloved caused by another human has its roots in divinity. Just how would anyone, even the very respected Justice Krishna Iyer, convince the family of those killed by indiscriminate shooting or bombing or burning, that such a power like God alone has the right to take life when it is absolutely clear that crime was committed by another human. As such, the demand for a death sentence as just punishment seem equitable. Having said that, it will be a very civilised thing to instead lock up the criminal for life than walk them to the gallows - but the power of forgiveness should be the right of the family of the deceased alone and not that of the state.

from:  Sridhar S
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 10:46 IST

Someone should tell Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer that India, ie, Gandhi’s country must first set an example by restraining from committing heinous crimes like rape , murder etc..
There are too many areas apart from this where Gandhi's country can set example which will lead to a harmonious and developed society..
Abolishing capital punishment serves nothing other than making some human rights activists and criminals emotionally happy...

from:  Kalu Majhi
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 10:43 IST

I strongly support Justice VR Krishna Iyer's heartfelt appeal to do away with the death penalty. Such a law is not something a truly civilised nation should have on its books.

from:  GS Chandy
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 10:32 IST

Our founding fathers had put a great emphasis on Right to life by
including article, that forms the basis for all existing laws
otherwise there would not be many laws and systems/institution in
place that would have led to chaotic society. Therefore the state
doesn't enjoy the mandate to take away life, which amounts to murder
by the state. when the life is given by God he can only take it away
but not by the state. Capital punishment is advocated that too only in
the rarest of the rare case. i think the decision of the President of
India is unprecedented in these cases

from:  DEVRAJ
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 10:30 IST

What a clarity our Ex Judge has expressed his opinion. One may classify his opinion as private.However,capital punishment cannot be viewed as Human Rights violation. It is a deterrent to discourage criminal and violent behavior.This practiced by the rulers allover the world time immemorial. Even in developed countries like US and Russia it is still practiced and the public are also allowed to watch the execution as well.The Hindu should publish article favoring capital punishment so that a diverse view can be obtained on this matter

from:  VSBALASUBRAMANIAN
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 10:13 IST

Sir:
I fully agree with the learned justice and a great lover of humanity V.R. Krishna Iyer
that we should abolish death penalty.

from:  Swamy Basim
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 10:10 IST

Justice Iyer is right in saying that "Life is given by God and can be
taken away only by God." But the the God-given life of the victim was
taken away by the perpetrator playing God. One would rather have the
entire people's representative - the State- playing God rather than a
crazy dangerous individual.

from:  Murali Vedantam
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 09:46 IST

Thank you, Sir, for speaking up for the sanctity of human life. Granted, some of the persons in prisons had done harmful acts against their fellow human beings. But, if the State punishes them with more violence, then it just reinforces the belief that violence is the way to correct a wrong. Instead, other approaches that teach them alternative solutions to problems, without using violence, must be considered. In addition to Gandhi's inspiration, we have Thiruvalluvar's invitation to repay evil with good acts as well (Kural 314).

from:  Joseph B
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 09:00 IST

I agree with Mr.Krishna Iyer.Instead of death sentence they should be given life imprisonement.

from:  Sudha
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 08:25 IST

Death sentence is a luxury accorded to the convict.It doesn't let the
convict realize his guilt. It only kills a body but doesn't kill a
criminal mind.Instead of death sentence the convicts should be awarded
life sentence with solitary confinement because a life without any
nuances of social cohabitation is not a life at all. by doing this we
would be compelling the convict to think for his whole life that why he
committed such crime. we should not allow the state to carry out its
prejudices.

from:  Piyush Kumar Pandey
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 08:09 IST

Editor,

I support death penalty and it should not be removed from the statute book. Every civilized society owes itself an explanation and guarantee that horrible crimes will not go unpunished, with the ultimate punishment if required. Why did India build a nuclear deterrent, only to ensure the safety of its citizens.

Buddha and Gandhi are great souls, but in a country of more than a billion, we need to protect our citizens and the fear of death penalty will stop many crimes.

from:  Ram
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 08:04 IST

Gandhi;s country did set an example already when ti sent his killer to the gallows.

from:  Suvojit Dutta
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 07:55 IST

The law permitting death sentence definitely deserves a death sentence.
Our law makers must deliver that judgement. Hope the sage words of
Justice V.R.Krishna Iyer will ring in their ears.

from:  K.Vijayakumar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 07:50 IST

I use the phrase "political India" - I came across this phrase for the first time in The Hindu, in a recent article. Political India has gone mad. I hope that sanity will prevail with the Indians.

from:  Roy M. Ramavarapu
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 07:26 IST

Most countries have realized that capital punishment is wrong and have abolished it. It is time the the land of Buddha and Gandhi who fought for non-violence do away with it once and for all. Justice Krishna Iyer has eloquently pleaded the case. Let us put non-violence to action.

from:  M K Ramadoss
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 07:22 IST

This is an affect of age. Generally when people reach at 50 or 60 + they
become more religious and talk about the GOD. That's why Mr. Iyer is
saying that death must be a right of GOD. Yes we agree and that's why
capital punishment should be given to such a criminal who kill others
and break the rule of GOD as well.

from:  Sachin Panwar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 07:00 IST

I applaud Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer for the appeal. Life is sacred, and
is given by God, as he has mentioned. I find that the current president
does not seem to share this belief, given the speed with which he has
been rejecting mercy petitions.

Only a handful of nations still have capital punishment on their statute
books, and this list unfortunately includes India. I do not understand
why the current judges of the supreme court have gone against their own
policy of applying capital punishment only in the "rarest of cases".
There is a great deal of secrecy surrounding the execution of convicts.
To add insult to injury, the families of the condemned and even their
lawyers are not allowed to meet with them. That being said, where is the
fairness and rule of law in these cases?

We can not call us a civilized country if we believe in the "an eye for
an eye, and a tooth for a tooth" policy, when it comes to justice.
Capital punishment is irreversible,and simply unjust and reprehensible.

from:  S. Thirunarayanan
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 06:05 IST

Hon.Justice Iyer as a citizen of this country it is not at all
acceptable to me that death sentence should be scrapped from the
statute book. While the criminals can act in such a heinous manner you
expect the state to award them life sentence and feed them at the cost
of taxpayer's money for ever. No... that is not right. There should be
death penalty otherwise the last remnants of fear in the criminals
mind will vanish and will lead to more and more crimes. The country
cannot be swayed by Justice Iyer or Jethmalani.

from:  shankar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 05:29 IST

If life is to be taken only by God then we will all die of hunger. If there is solid evidence that a person has committed premeditated murder then capital punishment is reasonable. A desire for equivalent revenge is a basic human emotion and has existed all through history. It is best if governments handle it rather than have private citizens take control of it. The key here is that the supporting evidence has to be direct and not circumstantial. And as for Krishna Iyer, he pulls out God from his pockets only it is convenient for him.

from:  ashokr
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 05:02 IST

Dear Sir,

While we can appreciate your views, we cannot fully approve them.
There's a limit to anything, and that includes the state's tolerance
towards the criminals too. If not by death sentence of the judiciary,
then by what other ways are you going to create fear in the minds of
someone who is about to make a crime, a crime which involves loss of
so many lives, and thus prevent him/her from committing it? Could you
suggest some alternatives here?

Fear of death is believed to be the ultimate fear for any human.
There's no harm in using it to prevent the loss of lives. Don't view
death sentence just an act that forcibly kills a life. It's an act
which might possibly be saving forcible killing of several other
innocent lives in the near future.

This is Gandhi's country true, but imagine, if there was a bomb
explosion at Porbandhar on 02-Oct-1869, we won't be talking of some
Gandhi today! Through the fear of death sentence we might now be
possibly saving a Gandhi of future!!

from:  Ravishankar TS
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 04:34 IST

Very much enjoyed reading this well written and inspired article. My wish is that more
people will come to this same correct conclusion and act sooner than later.

from:  Esther White
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 04:19 IST

Main argument of people who ask for abolishing death penalty is that
we can not give back life/.
The criminals who kills innocents will ever give back the lost
lives???
Another argument is there is no evidence of reduced crime due to death
penalty.
I have lived 18 years in middle east countries and I can certify
strict laws and their enforcement reduces crimes to very large extent.
We have atom bombs and we dont use them.But it is required for the
freedom of India India death penalty is given in rarest cases. I think
we dont execute 1% of those are given death sentences.

from:  Chandramohan.P.R
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 03:51 IST

But doesn't it mean that the people that are indulged in such crimes,
are acting against the will of God, and killing and raping people as per
their wish?
Shouldn't they be punished? The person who is raped, bears the mental
stigma all her life, and the family mourns the death of their loved ones
too! Shouldn't they get justice?

from:  Rajat Verma
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 03:35 IST

A mere opinion supplied without any sound reasoning.

from:  sagar
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 03:23 IST

I agree with the views of Kriashna sir, but if we abolish the capital
punishment, are the alternatives strong enough to create an impression?
Indian judicial system is one of the world's most sluggish systems in
terms of end results! I hope if we abolish the capital punishment, the
measures to improve the extreme punishment are taken faster.

Thank you.

from:  Swapnil
Posted on: Feb 17, 2013 at 03:21 IST
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