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Dhananjoy's case

Sir, — There is a clamour for executing Dhananjoy Chatterjee, convicted for rape and murder. The rights groups seeking mercy for him and yet others seeking his immediate execution will only make it difficult for the President to take a decision on the clemency petition.

It has been 14 years since the crime took place. There is every possibility of his having repented.

Tharcius S. Fernando,
Chennai

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Sir, — The death penalty reinforces the idea of retributive justice — a concept of the Dark Ages that should have no place in civilised society. Capital punishment has no deterrent value. That its use has curbed crime has not been proved.

It is incumbent on the state to ensure that a man condemned to death does not lead a life of agony, waiting for his end. The apex court has held that a man sentenced to death cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment as well.

John Deepak,
Thrissur, Kerala

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Sir, — Is not deferring the death sentence itself a punishment? In the words of Albert Camus, "the devastating, degrading fear imposed on the condemned man for months is a punishment more terrible than the death penalty itself, and one that has not been imposed on his victim. A murdered man is generally rushed to his death, even at the height of his terror of the mental violence being done to him, without knowing what is happening. For the man condemned to death, on the other hand, the horror of his situation is served up to him at every moment for months on end. Torture by hope alternates only with the pangs of animal despair." (Reflections on the Guillotine.)

R. Ramarathinam,
Pondicherry

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Sir, — I refer to the role of the electronic media in covering the case. By giving wide publicity to Dhananjoy's relative, who argued that the sentence should not be carried out, are they trying to swing public opinion in favour of the convict?

What about the relatives of the girl who was subjected to inhumane treatment by him? The media should not be swept off their feet while dealing with such life and death issues.

K. Balu,
Chennai

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