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Could death sentence be by any other means than hanging, SC asks central govt

Supreme Court has issued notice to central government asking if death sentence

Supreme Court has issued notice to central government asking if death sentence can be executed by any other means other than hanging. The central government is required to reply within three weeks time.

The Apex Court issued notice after a petition urged that death sentence through hanging is painful and barbaric and thus other means like poison injection or electrocution, gas chamber may be considered as less painful options of executing death sentences.

The petitioner Rishi Malhotra, himself an advocate, has cited a case where in it has been asserted that while right to life is basic right, the death should also be in a respectable manner.

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