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Report No. 262

F. Recent Executions in India

2.6.1 A study conducted by Amnesty International- PUCL (studying all death penalty cases from 1950-2006 in India) has noted the lack of clarity and official information available on the numbers of people who have been executed in India, but suspected that the number of executions during this period probably ran into thousands.123 There has, however, been a reduction in the number of people being executed over time.

123 Amnesty International, Lethal Lottery: The Death Penalty in India, ASA 20/07/2008, at page 24, available at
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ASA20/007/2008/en/
(last viewed on 26.08.2015).

2.6.2 Dhananjoy Chatterjee was executed in 2004, after a period of about 7 years since the last execution. The previous recorded execution had been in 1997.124 After 2004, India had an unofficial moratorium in executions for eight years, until Ajmal Kasab was executed in November 2012. Two executions have happened since: Afzal Guru was executed in February 2013, and Yakub Memon was executed in July 2015.

124 Amnesty International, Lethal Lottery: The Death Penalty in India, ASA 20/07/2008, at page 24, available at
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/ASA20/007/2008/en/
(last viewed on 26.08.2015).

2.6.3 Having examined the history of the death penalty in India, and the recent expansion of its scope, it is instructive to next consider world-wide trends and international law provisions on the issue.



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