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Tripura Legislative Assembly passed a resolution against death penalty

Aug 8, 2015 11:06 IST

Tripura legislative assembly on 7 August 2015 passed a resolution against the death penalty. The resolution moved by Congress MLA Jitendra Sarkar requested the Union government to amend the Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and replace it with life sentence unto death.

The resolution passed is apparently the fallout of recent hanging of Yakub Memon, prime accused in 1993 Mumbai serial blasts.

The adopted resolution would now be sent to Union government and the Law Commission for consideration.

In India, as per Supreme Court directive, death penalty is given in "rarest of the rare case" and President under Article 72 is constitutionally empowered to grant pardons, reprieves, respites or remissions of death sentence.

In 2103, 72 new death sentences were known to have been imposed in 2013 and at least 400 people were believed to be on death row at the end of the year 2013.

Worldwide, over 2/3rd countries of the world have completely abolished death penalty. 97 countries of the world have abolished death penalty for all the crimes.

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