In response to reports today, that the President of India has rejected 3 mercy petitions, taking his tally of rejected mercy petitions to 37 (details can be accessed here), we, at FII, would like to issue a statement condemning the continued use of capital punishment in India.
While FII has great respect for the Indian Judicial System and the authority of the Hon’ble President of India, and would not wish to go into the merits of a particular case, we strongly feel that it is time to do away with the death penalty, which has been described by Amnesty International, after an analysis of 700 Supreme Court judgments, as a ‘lethal lottery’. Studies into the socio-economic profile of death-row inmates have shown that a disproportionate section of them come from economically vulnerable, lower caste, or religious minority families. The inherent arbitrariness and unfairness in the administration regarding the death penalty, makes the abolition of it a feminist issue, and FII calls for keeping these conversations alive.
In addition to this, FII believes that the ultimate purpose of punishments should be rehabilitative and not retributive. The irreversible nature of this punishment obviates any possibility of rehabilitation. The State-sanctioned killing of persons is not compatible with the creation of a compassionate society. It is for these reasons that FII expresses solidarity with organizations that oppose the death penalty and calls for the abolition of the capital punishment.
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