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Monday, February 25, 2013
REMOVE THE DEATH SENTENCE FROM THE STATUTE BOOKS -- Justice V. R. Krishna Iyer
CASE FOR REMOVAL OF DEATH SENTENCE FROM THE STATUTE BOOKS
country must set an example by abolishing capital punishment, says
Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer
I appeal to the authorities to remove the death sentence from the
statute book. Every state execution amounts to nothing but murder.
The people of India must rise against such grave crimes by the state.
The state cannot take away the right to life.
I appeal to my countrymen, and the comity of nations, to campaign
against such slaughter. About 90 per cent of the world’s states
have abolished the death sentence.
Life is given by God and can be taken away only by God. Execution by
the state amounts to inhumanity. Gandhi’s country must set an
example by abolishing the capital punishment. Even if supported by a
judicial verdict, the state should not hang a human being.
I plead with the President and elected leaders: no more hanging.
Abolish the gallows.
I have always opposed the capital punishment, as a judge and
otherwise. Lord Scarman, in a Privy Council judgment, followed my
judgments and wrote to me: “I am sending you a copy of the Privy
Council Appeal judgment from Jamaica. The case is Riley v. The
Attorney-General. You will see that Lord Brightman and myself in our
dissenting opinion made very great use of some observations of yours
in the Indian Supreme Court. Thank you so much for the really
passionate way in which you have in the past and continue now to
forward the cause of human rights.”
Lord Denning, the great judge, wrote to me: “…You have indeed
been using your time to full advantage. Your book on Human Rights and
the Law will be of the greatest value to many. During your time on
the bench, you were a leader of thought on these matters and your
judgments have received much acclaim. I find myself largely in
agreement with your point of view…”
Arise, awake and stop not till execution is annihilated and the
state stands for human life and opposes the death penalty. A movement
by all the people of India should support the campaign against taking
away human life. All life, even the smallest, is divine. What God has
given no man and no state shall take away.
The divinity of life is our vision. To preserve it is a majestic
mission. Danse macabre be not proud. You are impotent.
(V.R. Krishna Iyer was a Judge of the Supreme Court.)
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