To hang or not to hang debate is still on in the political and intellectual sphere in India. The President of India has got and sent the clemency demand to the Home Ministry.
Tomorrow is the date of execution of the death penalty to Mohd Afzal. The matter is still pending with the President.
At the same time, another debate has been started on the nature of death award.
The people who are against the hanging say that the process of hanging is barbaric. The other group of people says that it should be changed by other means such as a lethal injection.
The supporter of this school of thought also referred a Law commission report, which says that the process of execution should be quick and less painful.
M M Ghatate, former member of Law Commission, said that hanging is the most brutal ways to award a man to death. You just cannot see the whole process of execution. This process should be changed by other means of execution.
Hanging has become a synonymous for death sentence in India. The other practices have hardly ever been used in India.
Afzal’s case is still vague and now the demand of death penalty for Santosh Kumar Singh, guilty of Priyadarshini Matto murder is increasing.
Whatever the decision will be taken out by the court and the President, in both cases, whatever the conclusion of the debate of more painful and less painful method of execution will come out, this is a fact that whenever you take a life, no matter by which means it is being done, this is very much sure it causes enormous and unbearable pain.