Is Death Sentence a Deterrent?

The Asian Age

The death sentence awarded to the four convicts in the Delhi gangrape case has been lauded by those who believe only such exemplary punishment can act as a deterrent to other individuals.

A cross-section of psychologists and psychiatrists believe this is a defining moment in the criminal justice system of India. Dr Nimesh Desai, heading the department of psychiatry at the Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences, welcome the judgment claiming, “It’s good. We have always wanted a swift and fair delivery of the criminal justice system. Interestingly, this judgment has been given under the framework of the old laws, the new rape laws did not apply to it.” Continue Reading.