Abolish death penalty except in terror cases says Law Commission
The Law Commission has recommended that death penalty be abolished for all crimes. The commission however recommended that death penalty must remain for cases of terrorism. The same was informed by Hansraj Ahir, the Union Minister of State for Home Affairs in the Rajya Sabha.
The commission said that death penalty under Section 302 of the Indian Penal Code be abolished except in cases of terrorism since it does not serve the penological goal of deterrence any more than life imprisonment.
The panel while supporting death for those convicted in terror cases and waging war against the country said, although there is no valid penological justification for treating terrorism cases differently from other crimes, there is a concern raised that abolition of capital punishment for terror related cases and waging war will affect national security.