Death Penalty Illustration

Death Penalty Sentencing Framework: Inconsistently Applied or Inherently Flawed?

In an order dated 19 September 2022, the Supreme Court for the first time in 42 years has referred issues relating to capital sentencing to a Constitution bench. Driven by the objective to revisit and correct the gaps in the law itself, the order adopts a markedly different approach from the dominant Supreme Court jurisprudence which has repeatedly articulated the inconsistent application of the existing law as the main problem. Through this article, Lakshmi Menon analyses the current sentencing framework and the need for revision of the same.

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Is Marital Rape Exception an Immunity Clause or an Ingredient of the Main Definition Clause of Section 375, IPC

Ashwani employs textual and conceptual analysis of provision-specific exceptions to rebut Justice Harishankar’s arguments that the MRE forms a part of the main definition clause. He argues that the MRE is merely a permissive norm that cancels the legal force of the offence of rape but does not cancel the offence itself.

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Phenolphthalein Test: An Anathema to Protection provided under Article 20(3)

The phenolphthalein test is prevailingly used by the ACB for investigating a ‘corrupt’ public servant. However, the self-incriminating nature of the test attracts the vice of unconstitutionality under article 20(3) of the Constitution. In this blog, the author has argued that the test is very coercive & arbitrary and stands violative of the touchstones enumerated under article 20(3) of the Constitution.

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