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No death except for terror crimes: Law Commission

The Law Commission of India has recommended abolition of the death penalty for all crimes except terrorism-related offences and waging war against the state.

Noting that the ultimate goal is absolute abolition which could be brought about through a moratorium or law, the commission has suggested that a debate on death for terror be left to Parliament.

On Monday, his last day in office, Law Commission Chairperson Justice A.P. Shah presented the commission’s 262nd Report, titled ‘The death penalty’, to Law Minister Sadananda Gowda.

Three of the commission’s 10 members, did not sign the report and submitted dissent notes, while the signature of a fourth with concerns could not be obtained.

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