30 October, 2020

The Daily Noose

The courts say ‘hang him’, but is the death sentence only for the marginalised?

The Daily Noose

The Death Row

Report What the National Law University study of 400 convicts on the death row across the nation is showing

  • A majority on death row are first-time offenders
  • Direct evidence missing in most of the cases
  • Confessions extracted through torture relied for conviction
  • Death row prisoners are kept together. Lights are not switched off in death row cells.
  • Convicts on death row receive poor legal assistance
  • Convicts on the death row are not allowed to work in prison
  • Padlocks on death row are rattled at regular intervals
  • Prisoners on the death row fed on a richer diet
  • A majority spend 10-20 years before the mercy petition is rejected
  • Trial courts under pressure to ‘act tough’, award more deaths

A majority of convicts on death row are poor, Dalits, minorities, tribals

Convicts do not have access to quality counsellors, lawyers, psychiatrists



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