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Death Penalty In India

In Human Rights, India, Legal on July 7, 2009 at 10:50 am

India’s Supreme Court ruled that death by hanging will remain the preferred method of execution over lethal injection. “How do you know that hanging causes pain? And how do you know that injecting the condemned prisoner with a lethal drug would not cause pain?” Chief Justice KG Balakrishnan was quoted by the Times of India newspaper as saying.  (BBC)

India remains on the list of 54 countries in the world still using death penalty. However it is rarely used, the last execution being in 2004. There are currently 300 prisoners on death row in India.

According to Amnesty International – In 1977, only 16 countries had abolished the death penalty for all crimes. As of December 2008 that figures stands at 92 and more than two thirds of the countries in the world have abolished the death penalty in law or practice. Of the 58 retentionist countries, only 25 are known to have carried out executions in 2008. Ninety three percent of all known executions took place in five countries: China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and the USA.

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