22 September, 2020

‘Most Death Row Convicts Are Poor’

It has taken 16 months, 400 interviews and over Rs 30 lakh for the ‘Death Penalty Research Project’ to see the light of day.

‘Most Death Row Convicts Are Poor’
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It has taken 16 months, 400 interviews and over Rs 30 lakh for the ‘Death Penalty Research Project’ to see the light of day. Project head Anup Surendranath, an assistant professor at National Law University, Delhi, speaks to Uttam Sengupta. Excerpts:

What triggered this project in the first place?

There has been no real empirical study on the administration of the death penalty in India. Research on the death penalty has been limited to analysing Supreme Court judgments but we felt there was a need for a much deeper understanding of the manner in which India sentences people to death. We found there was no consolidated figure on the number of persons India has legally executed since Independence, no socio-economic profile of death row prisoners and no details at all about their family members or their experience with the criminal justice system. We found most of the information currently available to be inaccurate and we had to collect information from all prisons across the...

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