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CHRI Rapid study of the trends in the award of death penalty and commutation orders between 1998-2013
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CHRI Rapid study of the trends in the award of death penalty and commutation orders between 1998-2013

The Law Commission is organizing a Round Table discussion on Death Penalty on 11 July 2015. Venkatesh Nayak provides here a rapid over view of the trends relating to the award of death penalty, commutation of such sentences to life imprisonment across India during the period 1998-2013 . The Abolitionist movement is often marred by lack of research. Nayak has created a comprehensive Open Dataset by compiling various datasets of the National Crime Records Bureau.

Surinder Koli Case: Facts you must Know before he is Hanged in your Name
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Surinder Koli Case: Facts you must Know before he is Hanged in your Name

Surinder Koli, a Dalit accused of murdering 18 women and children residing in Nithari village, NOIDA is facing imminent execution after his Review Petition was dismissed by the Supreme Court on 28th October 2014. While Nithari disappearances constitute the biggest and most bizarre urban crime of our times, Koli’s case is an egregious miscarriage of justice where a human sacrifice is about to offered in our names to the great god of public opinion. Listed below are facts which highlight how Koli’s case is an affront to due process and fair trial rights.

Surinder Koli’s hanging will imply a Judicial Acceptance of Torture Confession: JTSA
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Surinder Koli’s hanging will imply a Judicial Acceptance of Torture Confession: JTSA

We are astound to learn that the Supreme Court has rejected the review petition of Surinder Koli today, finding no error that could have persuaded them to review the earlier order of the court. In fact, the case was riddled with errors. It is a case that rests on confession alone, with little evidence pointing to Koli’s guilt. Indeed, the 164 CrPc statement which has become the basis of Koli’s conviction is clearly tutored and obtained under torture. It is a clear violation of established jurisprudence of evidentiary rules, which disallow the admission of confessions etrcated through torture as evidence.

On One Year of Afzal Guru’s Judicial Murder
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On One Year of Afzal Guru’s Judicial Murder

On the first death anniversary of Afzal, I again see that still justice has not been given to his family. His body has not been returned to family. He became a victim of democratic institution of India during his life and even after that. I oppose and condemn all types of state repression, I oppose every form of injustice, I oppose militarisation and occupation. My voice may not bring justice to all of them, but I am sure that millions of such voices will develop an environment of thoughts, of justice, of truth and we will.