SC Commutes Man’s Death Penalty to Life Term Because Of His Poems

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OSNEPALNEWS, Kathmandu, 3rd March: A poem has saved a man’s life. The Supreme Court has commuted to life term the death penalty awarded to a man for murdering a child, saying he wanted to reform himself and poems written by him in jail indicate that he had realised his mistake. A bench headed by Justice AK Sikri noted that Dnyaneshwar Suresh Borkar was 22 when he committed the crime and while in jail, tried to join the society and become a civilised man.

“We are of the opinion that, in the facts and circumstances of the case, capital punishment is not warranted. Striking the balance between the aggravating and mitigating circumstances, we are of the opinion that mitigating circumstances are in favour of the accused (Borkar) while commuting the death sentence to life imprisonment,” the bench said.

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