According to the victims, they never want others to undergo what they have undergone. What they sought is justice, revenge and death in any form can’t bring justice to anyone. Moreover, death and a few minutes of fear can't be termed as punishment.
Very often we feel that death penalty might work in helping towards bringing down the crime rate or creating a sense of fear. However, there is no evidence or research to suggest that death penalty succeeded in deterring the crime rate or creating fear. A shocking survey reveals that in many countries, where death penalty is still prevalent the crime rate is higher than those countries, which has abolished capital punishment.
Speaking about some Islamic countries, punishment such as public hanging, chopping of limbs or stoning to death might create a degree of fear or deterrence of crimes but, again we need to question ourselves, do we want to transit to a society of that sort, where merely in a week or more judgment is being delivered and death penalty is handed over, where there’s even doubt in the credibility of the judgment. There might even be chances of false fabrication of the accused.
Shifting focus to the Indian justice system, there exists certain disturbing elements in the system too. According to the law, only the rarest of the rare cases deserve capital punishment, but earlier, while examining the parameters of the rarest of the rare cases the court said that while delivering judgment in a particular case, the aura of the society must also be considered. Now, this in itself is very shocking, how can the society’s will towards a particular case be surveyed. If a person is against death penalty in a particular case, now how can the fellow register his discontentment?
Lastly, this again brings us to the question why death penalty can’t be considered as a form of justice. Killing can never transform a society; it cannot serve or justify a community or society in any form. There's lot more to do, to make the society grow. To uplift the society in terms of aesthetic and moral grounds, focus should be on creating a space for education, acuity, equal access to justice and legal opportunity, and eradication of poverty.