Khurshid calls for rethink on Capital punishment
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Last Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 22:56
New Delhi: As the world will observe non-violence day on Gandhi Jayati on October 2, a Union Minister on Wednesday called for a rethink on the issue of Capital punishment.

"You will celebrate non-violence day in October. There are also few countries left in the world that still take revenge on killers by killing them. We still have death sentence," Minority Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said while addressing a programme organised to deliberate on 'Towards a world without weapons of war and violence'.

Khurshid said he has read accounts of people waiting for ten years in the death row and "we argue in the political forum....they are all numbers now for us. Nobody is there to know whether there has been spiritual transformation in death row."

"State being involved in making somebody an orphan and participating in something that is making somebody an orphan is the very question that we don't seem to worry about. We don't seem to talk about it. Why there is this great insensitivity among us?" he said.

The programme was jointly organised by United Nations Information Centre and Universal Peace Federation of India.

Bureau Report

First Published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 22:56

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