India should end death penalty: rights group

 Hours after Pakistani Ajmal Kasab was hanged in Pune, Human Rights Watch urged India to remove the death penalty from its legal framework.

"The hanging of Kasab marks a concerning end to the country's moratorium on capital punishment," said a statement from the US-based rights group issued in India.

"Instead of resorting to the use of execution to address heinous crime, India should join the rising ranks of nations that have taken the decision to remove the death penalty from their legal frameworks," it added.

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