Robert Badinter at a talk on ‘Death Penalty: The French and the European experience’ at India International Centre said that, “India is a specific unique nation in the world carrying on a message of non-violence. But the continuance of death penalty in the country contradicts the culture of non-violence symbolised by India”.
“Death penalty is inhuman and poison of the society. India has such high values, why keep it (death penalty). Get rid of it,” said Badinter, who has been advocating the abolition of death penalty.
“Crime is horrible and people must be protected against. But the fact is that crime has always been horrible and death penalty is not the solution,” he added.
He also said that, “Terrorists have special relationship with death. A man who can blow himself in a supermarket and kill 50 people will not be dissuaded by the threat of death penalty. He would rather be a hero for others (terrorists)”.
Badinter said, referring to the two World Wars, “So much of bloody crime has been committed from this continent, but the death penalty has been banned in Europe. It is so much guilty of the horrendous crime that it says no to death penalty”.