United Nations, Nov 19: Registering a strong protest against the resolution of united nations for suspension of the death penalty, India has opposed the UN resolution saying it goes against Indian law and the sovereign right of countries to determine their own laws and penalties.
Justifying India's move of opposing UN resolution India's counsellor at UN Mayank Joshi said, "My delegation, therefore, has voted against the resolution as a whole as it goes against Indian statutory law." He further added that, "Every State has the sovereign right to determine its own legal system and appropriate legal penalties."
Informing about the present status of capital punishment Joshi said, "In India, the death penalty is exercised in the 'rarest of rare' cases, where the crime committed is so heinous as to shock the conscience of society."
Explaining India’s position on capital punishment Joshi said, "In India, the death penalty is exercised in the 'rarest of rare' cases, where the crime committed is so heinous as to shock the conscience of society." The United States also opposed the resolution saying that capital punishment was legal under international law and dealing with it was a domestic matter
The resolution was adopted by the General Assembly's committee dealing with humanitarian affairs by 115 votes to 38 with 31 abstentions after a bitter debate and the adoption of an amendment to recognise the sovereign rights of nations to determine their own laws, which virtually nullified it.
Though India rejected the resolution but supported the amendment presented by the assembly. The amendment passed by a vote of 76 to 72 with 26 abstentions.