Colonial legacy

Print edition : March 08, 2013

Amnesty International members staging a protest demanding the abolition of the death penalty, on the occasion of the 6th World Day against Death Penalty, at India Gate in New Delhi on October 10, 2008. Photo: S. Subramanium

In Bangalore, a candlelight protest against the death penalty. A file photograph. Photo: Sampath Kumar G.P.

June 2004: Relatives of Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who was hanged, making a last-minute appeal for clemency. Photo: SUSHANTA PATRONOBISH

December 2006: Relatives of the Parliament House attack victims demanding the death penalty to Afzal Guru. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Retribution as a basis for criminal punishment is a legacy of the past. It has no place in an enlightened future.
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