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Tripura Assembly passes resolution to abolish death pelty

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  8 Aug 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Key facts

* As of July 2015, 101 countries have abolished the death pelty for all crimes.

* In 2014, at least 22 countries around the world carried out executions.

* In 2014, at least 2,466 people were sentenced to death worldwide - up 28% on 2013.

There are many and varied types of execution used around the world today, including:

* Beheading

* Electrocution

* Hanging

* Lethal injection

* Shooting in the back of the head and by firing squad

Agartala, Aug 7: The ruling Left Front members and opposition Congress legislators unimously passed a resolution in the Tripura assembly on Friday, urging the Centre to abolish the death pelty.

The resolution, moved by Congress MLA Jitendra Sarkar, suggested rigorous life imprisonment until the death of the guilty instead of capital punishment.

Supporting the Congress lawmaker's resolution, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar told the house that the death pelty does not give the convicted person scope for repentance.

"More than 149 countries have already abolished the death pelty though 58 tions still have the provision of death sentence," Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty said.

"There are opinions that some people after committing heinous crimes go scot-free using their monetary and other influence while poor men are uble to engage suitable lawyers to fight their cases in court."

Referring to Jesus Christ, Mahatma Gandhi and French poet, novelist and dramatist Victor Marie Hugo, opposition leader Sudip Roy Barman said that repentance of the guilty person is the greatest punishment.

Former opposition leader and Congress legislator Ratan Lal th, however, opposed his party MLA's motion.

"If anyone takes away the life of an innocent person, he/she (the murderer) has no right to live," th said.

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