Law related to Capital Punishment in India: A Critical Evaluation

Shyam Prakash Pandey
LL.B. (Campus Law Centre, University of Delhi), LL.M. (Department of Law, Kurukshetra University, Kurukshetra) India.

Volume III – Issue I, 2021

Death penalty or Capital punishment is the harshest punishment in the Indian penal Code. No other punishment deters man so effectually from committing crimes as the punishment of death. The position of capital punishment did not change for more than 100 years. However, the trend in the direction of the abolition of capital punishment in many countries affected legislative as well as judicial thinking in India. The opinion of the Indian judiciary is that the death punishment is to be resorted to in the rarest of the rare cases. The current paper is an effort to analyze the reasonability as well as trends for abolition of death Punishment in India.

Keywords: Death penalty, Capital punishment, Indian Penal Code, Constitution of India


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