No death penalty: Law panel

hangman's nooseJustice A P Shaw Law Commission recommended life term punishment as an alternative to death sentence to criminals forterrorism and revolt against the government. The commission was divided over the burning issue. The panel chief suggested for abolishing hanging and opined for a debate in the Parliament on terrorism and anti-national cases. Opinions of the members of the commission and others were at variance over death punishment. The 20th law commission appointed in August 2012 had submitted 19 reports so far. Out of nine members, three members endorsed hanging orders and they also sent a separate note to the government while six others including Shaw opted for life term as a capital punishment though there was scope for hanging the culprit. India along with 60 countries have been implementing the death penalty. International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights had been fighting against death penalty. India is member of ICCPR and Shaw opined to dispense with death penalty.

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