A Comment on Nirbhaya – The Case That Shook the Country

20th March 2020, four men accused of gangrape of Nirbhaya were finally executed by hanging after more than 7 years. “Justice has finally been done”, said Asha Devi, Nirbhaya’s mother. The death sentence awarded gained support both nationally and internationally as the events of the barbaric and heinous crime committed on the night of 16Continue reading “A Comment on Nirbhaya – The Case That Shook the Country”

Punishment in The Indian Penal Code, 1860

The Indian Penal Code,1860 consists of acts that are socially damaging and hence criminal. By way of punishments, it aims to prevent the perpetration of such acts to maintain frith and tranquility in society. Consequently, it harbors the individual and the community from unpreferable, notorious and nefarious activities. Chapter III of the Penal Code containsContinue reading “Punishment in The Indian Penal Code, 1860”

Constitutional Riddle in Solitary Confinement

“It is said that no one truly knows a nation until one has been inside its jails. A nation should not be judged by how it treats its highest citizens, but its lowest ones.” A famous quote by Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who himself spent twenty-seven years of his life inside the prison. In India, thereContinue reading “Constitutional Riddle in Solitary Confinement”

Corrective Labour as a form of Punishment in India

Traditionally, the purpose of punishment for crimes has always been retribution and deterrence. This is evident in the types of punishments meted out to criminals in the past. Traditional punishments involve the offender being tortured and/or killed. However, in contemporary times, the purpose of punishment has changed largely to the reformation of the offender. TheContinue reading “Corrective Labour as a form of Punishment in India”

Capital Punishment in the 21st century

Throughout the history of humanity, societies have used capital punishments as a tool for punishing the most heinous of the offences committed within a closed community.  While capital punishment is still practised in contemporary times, many countries have abolished it. In countries like the US, many states have temporarily put an end to capital punishmentContinue reading “Capital Punishment in the 21st century”