Congress MLA Jitendra Sarkar moved a motion in the assembly in its opening day on Friday against death penalty and asked to replace it with life sentence unto death.
Tripura Assembly has passed a resolution to request the Union Government to amend Section 302 of the IPC to abolish capital punishment. The resolution is apparently fallout of recent hanging of Yakub Memon, prime accused in Mumbai serial blasts.
Congress MLA Jitendra Sarkar moved a motion in the assembly in its opening day on Friday against death penalty and asked to replace it with life sentence unto death. Speaker opened the motion for a brief discussion before adoption of a resolution.
Supporting the resolution, Chief Minister Manik Sarkar said,Capital punishment is given on the plea that the guilty...had deprived others of their right to live. I cannot support this plea because there is a trend of vengeance. Life imprisonment up to death would be the right punishment.
Echoing him state Law Minister Tapan Chakraborty said,I support the resolution because it is a matter of serious discourse in the world now and most of the developed countries has abolished the rule of death penalty and only 58 countries in the world are following the old law.
Chakraborty said there was a necessity of reformative justice, because good justice is not pronounced for taking revenge.
Leader of the Opposition Sudip Roy Burman (Congress) quoted Mahatma Gandhi as saying, Only God gives us life and no other has the right to kill anybody and added that it should be withdrawn without any delay.
Later the proposal was put to vote and passed without any opposition.
The debate on capital punishment was sparked again recently when Yakub Memon, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, was executed in the Nagpur Central Jail on July 30 at the end of a long legal battle.