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Death penalty should be abolished: Shashi Tharoor

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Congress leader Shashi Tharoor today demanded abolition of death penalty, describing it as an “aberration in a healthy democracy”.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour, he said hanging people does not deter crime and there is a lot of subjectivity in application of death penalty.

“It (death penalty) is an aberration in a healthy democracy,” Tharoor said, adding that instead preventive and reformative measures should be strengthened to prevent crimes.

Contending that death penalty has mostly affected the marginalised people, the Congress leader said the state should not become killer.

“We should abolish death penalty to uphold the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi,” he said.

According to him, around 70 per cent of the UN member nations have abolished death penalty.

M B Rajesh (CPI-M) urged the government to review the hike in cancellation charges for railway tickets saying it is creating great difficulties for the passengers.

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