Death penalty wrong: Gandhi backs Yakub’s mercy plea


New Delhi: Opposition vice-presidential candidate Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Tuesday justified his efforts to save Mumbai blast convict Yakub Memon from the gallows, saying the practice of capital punishment was medieval and wrong.

Facing criticism from the Shiv Sena for backing Memon’s mercy plea, he said he did so drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who were against death penalty and wanted it abolished.

He said, “Shiv Sena is doing its duty with dedication. What Shiv Sena has said, it had to. I feel that the death penalty and capital punishment belong to the medieval ages.

Death penalty is wrong and this is my principle.” He said he had also written a similar petition for Indian citizen Kulbhushan Jadhav, facing death sentence in Pakistan. “As a common, independent citizen, it is my duty to fulfill my principles. I believe in that. I have drawn inspiration on death penalty from two persons – Mahatma Gandhi who was opposed it and Babasaheb Ambedkar, who said it is only proper abolishing it”.


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