India imposes the death penalty only for “the rarest of rare’ crime. However, there is no precise definition of ‘rarest of the rare’ cases. Most of the judgement on the death penalty was to satisfy the personal vengeance or to satisfy the collective conscience of the society. Only the less privileged and socially backwards are hanged in India. For a progressive community – Killing in any form should be morally unacceptable.
Check here some of the recent cases in India.
Nirbhaya Case – A victim was brutally raped and killed, and her friend is beaten up.
Court find that fits – ‘rarest of rare’ and gave the death penalty.
Bilkis Banu Case – The victim, who was pregnant, was brutally raped and her 14 family members, included her 2-year-old daughter were killed. But the court didn’t find it as ‘rarest of rare’ and didn’t give the death penalty, but only life imprisonment.
Jisha Case – The victim was brutally raped, thrown out of the train and killed. The court here too didn’t find this as ‘rarest of rare’ and didn’t give the death penalty, but only life imprisonment.