By Gopalkrishna Gandhi

ISBN-10: 9382277781

ISBN-13: 9789382277781

In Abolishing the loss of life Penalty: Why India should still Say No to Capital Punishment, Gopalkrishna Gandhi asks basic questions on the final word criminal punishment presented to these accused of significant crimes. Is taking one other existence a simply punishment or an act as inhuman because the crime that caused it? Does having capital punishment within the legislations books deter crime? His conclusions are unequivocal: merciless in its operation, ineffectual as deterrence, unequal in its program in an asymmetric society, responsible like several punishment to be in mistakes yet incorrigibly so, those grievous flaws which are intrinsic to the dying penalty are compounded by way of but another—it leaves the necessity for retribution (cited as its fundamental ‘good’) unrequited and easily makes society extra bloodthirsty.

Examining capital punishment worldwide from the time of Socrates onwards, the writer delves into how the penalty used to be utilized in India through the occasions of Asoka, Sikandar Lodi, Krishnadevaraya, the Peshwas and the British Raj, and the way it really works at the present time. Of the 195 international locations on the earth, a hundred and forty are abolitionist and now not have the dying penalty in legislation or in perform. Abolition-minded in idea, India is retentionist in practice—the dying penalty will be passed down even for non-homicidal crimes. yet although it is simply intended to be passed down within the ‘rarest of the infrequent’ instances, there are presently 385 convicts on demise row.

Through in-depth research, persuasive argument and the marshalling of the thought of opinion of jurists, human rights activists, students and criminologists between others, this e-book indicates precisely why the dying penalty could be abolished with quick impact in India.

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