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Death Penalty India

Death Penalty India

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Lethal LotteryThe Death Penalty in India
A study ofSupreme Court judgmentsin death penalty cases1950-2006Amnesty International IndiaandPeople’sUnion forCivil Liberties(Tamil Nadu & Puducherry)May 2008
This reporthas beenresearched and writtenby Bikram JeetBatra,consultanttoAmnesty InternationalIndia. PartIwas writtenbyDr. V. Sureshand D. Nagasaila, PUCL-TN&P. Thereportwasedited and finalised by theInternationalSecretariatof AmnestyInternational.MonicaVincentand Anita Abraham wereprevious consultantsonthis project.Nithya V.Ramanand CybleSoans assisted withthecases databasewhileDevmaniUpadhyay assisted withstatisticalanalysis. A numberof interns and volunteers worked onthecollectionand initialanalysis of cases: AditiMalik, AjaiKrishnan, Mohammad Amanullah,AnkurSingla, AyeshaSenChoudhury, AshirbaniDutta, BenjiZeitlyn, Dhananjaya Chak, Jhuma Sen,KumarpalChopra, JoelD'Silva, LorraineMisquith,Mitasha Chandok, Neha Bhat,Neha Nanchal, Neha Sachdev,RahulMathur, RakhiK., Richa Mehra,SanatKapoor, SaptarshiChakraborty,Shabeena Anjum and VeronicaV.Dr. S. Muralidhar, Dr. Usha Ramanathanand VrindaGrovercontributed totheinitialconceptualizationof thereport.This Reportis theproductof thecollaborationbetweenPUCL-TamilNadu and Puducherry and Amnesty Internationalandreflects theculminationof a need muchfeltby anti-deathpenaltyactivists.The anti-capital punishment movement in India got re-galvanised in1995 inthewakeof thewholesalesentencing by thetrialcourtof allthe26 accused intheRajivGandhiassassination
Acknowledgement from PUCL-Tamil Nadu &Puducherry
casetodeathsentence. Intheyears immediately thereafter, anumberof imminentexecutions of deathsentences had tobestopped by PUCL. As thebattles raged insideand outof courts, theabsenceof a detailed study was acutely felt.Inresponsetothepersistentquestions inthelaw courts and frompolicy makers,PUCL-TamilNadu & Puducherry decided toembark ona study onDeathPenalty. Very soonitbecameapparentthattheabsenceof definitedata was a majorlimitationtoa multi-dimensionalstudy.Intheend itwas decided tolaunchastudy tocritically analyseSupremeCourtpronouncements ondeathpenalty cases from theinceptionof theapexcourtin1950 tilldate. Theinitialconceptualizationand creationof analyticalframework forstudy of thecaselaws was doneby PUCL-TNfollowing numerous meetings and brainstorming sessions.ThereafterwhenAmnesty InternationalIndiaofficeinitiated asimilarstudy, thecollated materialwas shared withAItocontinuethestudy.Severalbatches of law students from theNationalLaw Schoolandotherlaw schools wereinvolved withtheinitialphases of thestudy. Thoughthelistof students and activists whocontributed istoolong toenumerate, thecontributions of fourthen-students(and now important professionals in their own right)Gopalakrishna Shenoy, Pradeep Nayak, PrashanthVenkateshandShaileshRaiinparticularneeds, toberecorded. K.G. Kannabiran,NationalPresidentPUCL, notonly encouraged butalsohelped toguidethestudy.Itis amatterof immensesatisfactionthatthestudy has beencompleted and thereportis finally being released.Dr. V. Suresh, President, PUCL-TN/PuducherryMarch2008

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