Convict’s conduct vital for death penalty, says SC

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The Supreme Court has ruled all courts must consider pre- and post-crime conduct of a convict to ascertain mitigating grounds to avoid imposition of the capital punishm, in what marks another milestone on the meandering judicial journey since the 1980s towards virtual abolition of death penalty. Through this ruling, the court commuted the death sentences of three youth convicted for sensational and grotesque murders of three defenceless women in Indore in 2011 to 25 years in jail.