Post-Nirbhaya convicts’ execution, UN calls upon all nations to stop death penalty
After four Nirbhaya convicts were executed for gang rape and brutally murdering her December 16, 2012, the United Nations on Friday called upon all nations to stop the use of capital punishment or put a moratorium on it. The four convicts - Mukesh Singh (32 years), Pawan Gupta (25 years), Vinay Sharma (26 years) and Akshay Kumar Singh (31 years) - were hanged to death on Friday at 5.30 am in Tihar Jail, New Delhi.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres’ spokesperson Stephane Dujarric in a briefing on the execution said, “Our position has been clear, is that we call on all states to halt the use of capital punishment or at least put a moratorium on this”.
Guterres said that the ‘UN has constantly opposed the death penalty and it has no place in the 21 century’. He added that about 140 countries have abolished capital punishment in accordance with the UN calls for stopping the death penalty.
It may be recalled that the General Assembly had passed a resolution last June and directed Guterres to look at the standards for restrictions on material use for capital punishment. India voted against the resolution stating that the death penalty in India is a ‘statutory provision even though it is used in the rarest of rare cases’.