Former President says that he has to go against over 400 respondents and take one of the most difficult decisions when the issue was taken into the final stage. Quoting from his book “Turning Points”, President said “… to my surprise… almost all cases had a social and economic bias.”

Well, it is former President of India Abdul Kalam speaks about the death penalty. He has supported abolition of the death penalty saying that as President of India, he felt pain in deciding on such cases as most of them had “social and economic bias”.

Kalam was responding to a Law Commission consultation paper on capital punishment and was one of the few people who have supported abolition of death sentence. Most of the over 400 respondents have supported continuing with the provision of death penalty.

“In his response to the paper, Kalam said capital punishment was one of the most difficult tasks for him as President. Quoting from his book “Turning Points”, Kalam said “one of the more difficult tasks for me as President was to decide on the issue of confirming capital punishment awarded by courts… to my surprise… almost all cases which were pending had a social and economic bias.” Press Trust of India reported today.

“This gave me an impression that we were punishing the person who was least involved in the enmity and who did not have a direct motive for committing the crime,” he said. The former President, however, said there was of course one case where he found that the lift operator had in fact committed the crime of raping and killing the girl without doubt. “In that case I affirmed the sentence,” he said.

He was referring to the case of Dhananjoy Chatterjee who was executed by hanging for the rape and murder of an 18-year-old girl at her apartment in Bhowanipur on 5 March 1990.