News: Protest against capital punishment turns vociferous

Puducherry: Several organisations got together to stage a demonstration at the Sudesi Mills grounds on Wednesday against the death penalty.

According to one of the demonstrators, the protestors had three demands: firstly to commute the death sentence to a life sentence for the three convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case, secondly to commute the death sentence for everyone across India, including Afzal Guru who was arrested for the attack on Parliament in 2001.

Finally the protestor demanded that the death penalty be abolished in India, following the example of the other 139 countries that had forbidden the death sentence.

The protest was organised by the Federation for Peoples Rights and a total of 23 organisations participated.

The Hindu / 01.09.2011

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