No viable alternative to hanging, Centre tells court
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There is no viable method at present other than hanging to execute condemned prisoners.
Lethal injections are unworkable and often fail, the Centre told the Supreme Court .
The government was responding to a query from the court on alternative modes of execution.
The court had previously said a condemned convict should die in peace and not in pain.
A human being is entitled to dignity even in death.
Issuing notice, the court had asked the government to consider the the “dynamic progress” made in modern science to adopt painless methods of causing death.
Death penalty unquestioned
The court has already clarified that it is not questioning the constitutionality of death penalty, which has been well-settled by the apex court, including inDeena versus Union of India and earlier in the Bachan Singh case reported in 1980.
Section 354 (5), which mandates death by hanging, of the Code of Criminal Procedure has already been upheld.
However the Bench had in an earlier hearing favoured a re-look at the practice of hanging to death a
“the Constitution of India is an organic and compassionate document which recognises the sanctity of flexibility of law as situations change with the flux of time”.
Petitioner: “When a man is hanged to death, his dignity is destroyed,”