A Case for Capital Punishment

Posted: 25 Feb 2007

Date Written: February 23, 2007


In India in the case of Bachhan Singh the Supreme Court of India held that death penalty can be awarded in the rarest of the rare cases. What is a rarest of rare case has been an unsolved problem for researchers for more than four years. In the case of Macchhi Singh, the Apex Court issued certain guidelines stating that - where the murder is drastic, diabolic, dastardly, and in the case of weak persons such as women and children and in case the victim happens to be a member of minority group and the murder is for the sake of money - death penalty can be awarded. In this particular case all young children are brutally killed. This case study is the analysis of the judgment delivered by Supreme Court of India in Renukabai's case.

Keywords: Murder, death penalty, supreme court of India, rarest of the rare cases

JEL Classification: K1

Suggested Citation

Krishna Kumari, Areti, A Case for Capital Punishment (February 23, 2007). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=964859 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.964859

Areti Krishna Kumari (Contact Author)

GMR Infrastructure Ltd., EPC Division ( email )

Block A: Rajiv Gandhi International Airport
Shamshabad, Rangareddy Dt 501218

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