Tuesday, December 20, 2011

India's heated death penalty debate

At a Delhi Sikh temple, Mukhtar Kaur offers prayers for her son Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar.

For the past 10 years, he has been on death row, convicted of carrying out a bomb attack in 1993 in which nine people were killed.
It has taken this long for the appeals against his sentence to pass through the various courts in the maze that is the Indian judicial system.
"This is like dying every day," she says. "For me and for him."
In May this year, the Indian president rejected his final mercy petition.
But Bhullar has still not been executed as lawyers and civil groups campaigning on his behalf push for clemency on the grounds that he was convicted after the police secured a confession under a now outlawed anti-terror law.

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