Let’s take deterrence: Many researches have proved this argument false showing that life imprisonment is deterrence enough. Life imprisonment is onerous, gruesome, and never-ending with an option for reform. Death gives the accused relief within a flash. The one who suffers the most in the case of death penalty is not the accused, but his/ her family who may have lost their only breadowner (most accused are from poor family). And are the very hard nosed criminals or terrorists fearful of death? Don't we know the whole inspiration behind suicide bombers and desperados? And if you really believe that it acts as a deterrent then why not make it one hell of a deterrent? A public, slow and painful execution will be an even stronger deterrent as in Kafka's "The Penal Colony" wherein the sentence is inscribed on the body of accused through a unique machine till he dies. Do you have an appetite for that? Let’s stop the hypocrisy for once.
Now let’s take solace to victim/ victim's family: I believe that the victim or his family will find reasonable consolation if the worst possible sentence permitted under the system is given to the accused. So if life imprisonment is the maximum possible sentence (and not death); then the victim's family will be reasonably satisfied if the accused is given that. As an analogy, none of us are too depressed because we can't be the prime minister of our country. We are happy if we get most of our wants within reasonable expectations. So once the bar is set, victim's family will feel OK if the accused has been given the worst award from this bar if his crime is of that magnitude.
Also consider the irreversibility of the method and the potentially grave mistakes that could be done. Many people support the penalty saying that this is justice done. The same people talk openly on other occasions about how little faith they have on the police and legal system in
In 1977, just 16 countries had abolished capital punishment for all crimes. Today the figure stands at 86. I so wish we join this list soon