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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