Khurshid calls for rethink on Capital punishment

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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