24 September, 2020

The Daily Noose

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

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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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