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Among the G20 nations, the death penalty is legal in only nine countries. Globally, China, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and the US make up for the vast majority of executions every year.
The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to form its response over whether death by hanging is humane. The top court was hearing a plea that sought a ban on the punishment of death by hanging, arguing that such a manner of execution was “cruel, inhumane and violated principles of human dignity”.
“Is there any other method that is far more consistent with human dignity? Does hanging pass the test of proportionality?” the bench headed by Chief Justice of India DY Chandrachud said.
The bench suggested that the government also look at other countries that award the death penalty and other methods of execution.