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ACHR welcomes SC commutation of 15 death sentences

ANI  |  New Delhi 

The Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) has welcomed the judgment of the Supreme commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment for 15 death-row convicts on the grounds of inordinate delay and mental illness.

"This makes to move an inch towards being an abolitionist State and must now consider abolition of death penalty once and for all," said Suhas Chakma, Director of Asian Centre for Human Rights.

The judgement will impact 414 death row convicts who remained in various prisons at the end of 2012.

The maximum number of death row convicts at the end of 2012 were in with 106 followed by (63); (51); (42); (27); (19); (16); (14); (12); while Assam, and each had 10 death row convicts.

Out of 414 death row convicts, 13 were female. had maximum female death row convicts with five followed by (four); (two); and one each in and

First Published: Tue, January 21 2014. 12:49 IST