One feels for the victim’s family as these criminals’ appeal to various courts and earn time for their lives. Take the case of Priyadarshini Mattoo, who died because the criminal, Santosh Sigh was besotted with her and just because she was not agreeing to his advances, he raped and murdered her. He was arrested but because of his influential background he appealed from one court to the other. In the meantime he married and started practising law. Although he was awarded a death penalty on October 30, 2006, yet he appealed to the Supreme Court and his death penalty was reduced to life imprisonment.
If we go by statistics and compare China to India we would see a lot of differences. The Indian government official statistics claim that from 1947 only 52 people have been executed, however, the People's Union for Civil Liberties showed that 1,422 executions took place in 16 Indian states from 1953 to 1963, and has suggested that the total number of executions since independence may be as high as 3,000 to 4,300. In China, the number of people executed in 2007 was between 5,000 and 6,000, although the actual data for each year is not available.
Many feel that a harsh execution punishment in India would eventually have an effect on the criminals and many would not commit such heinous crimes. Criminals know the lacunas and the loopholes in our justice system that eventually help them evade strict justice. This is one of the reasons why influential people do not mind taking the life of a Bhanwari Devi or Jessica Lal.
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