Man Hanged In Pakistan

Shafqat Hussain was just 14 or 15 years old when sentenced in 2004 for kidnapping and killing a 7-year-old boy. But the possibility of his having committed the crime while a child and allegations that his confession was a result of police torture didn’t save him from the gallows at Karachi Central Jail in Pakistan earlier this week. Pakistani law forbids the use of the death penalty against defendants under 18 at the time of the offense, and Pakistan has ratified both the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which specifically prohibit this. Now although his age does not mean his crime should be ignored it still has to be acknowledged that he was a mere teen. If you ask me, the death penalty should not exist. What do you think of this situation? What is your opinion on the Death Penalty?

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