ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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The Bhullar Judgment Needs Reconsideration

The manner in which the executive and major political parties hurried the execution of the capital punishment of two convicts in the recent past has subverted the principles of clemency. This has been further boosted by the judgment on the appeal of Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar which has a populist, majoritarian tone. The rush to hang convicts bodes ill for our polity.

This article was published last week in the web exclusives section of the EPW website.

To assert in any case that a man must be absolutely cut off from society because he is absolutely evil amounts to saying that society is absolutely good…

– Albert Camus, Reflections on the Guillotine

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