Death Penalty in India: Legal, Ethical and Health Issues | Feb 22, 2019
- Forum for Medical Ethics Society (FMES), Mumbai
- Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy (CMHLP) of Indian Law Society, and ILS Law College, Pune
Venue: Conference Hall, ILS Law College, Pune
Synopsis: This event was organised against the backdrop of the expansion of death penalty in India in 2018, via amendments to Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. These developments drew many social scientists into the debate on relevance of the death penalty. Although death penalty has been discussed at length from time to time, some of the important areas are less explored, which were the focus of this discussion. These areas of discussions included the manner in which criminal justice system works on the ground for conviction and sentencing; the impact of death penalty on those sentenced and their families; the burden on mental health that convicts of death penalty bear, and issues of medical ethics regarding participation of health care professionals in death penalty.
Speakers: Vaijayanti Joshi, ILS Law College & Indian Law Society, Pune, Amita Pitre, Vidhayak Trust, Pune; and Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai, Vijay Hiremath, Human Rights Lawyer, Mumbai, Anup Surendranath, National Law University, New Delhi, Maitreyi Misra, National Law University, New Delhi, Dr Sandeep Mahamuni, Pune, Soumitra Pathare, Centre for Mental Health Law and Policy, Pune, Sunita V S Bandewar & Nikita Surani, Forum for Medical Ethics Society, Mumbai, Amar Jesani, Indian Journal of Medical Ethics, Mumbai