At Death's Door

An investigation into capital punishment in India


“The true measure of our character is how we treat the poor, the disfavored, the accused, the incarcerated, and the condemned.”

Bryan Stevenson, Professor, New York University School of Law

India, on average, sentences someone to death every 72 hours, but only four people have been executed since 2000. So what happens between trial courts, where a person is first sentenced to death, and the Supreme Court, where death sentences rarely stand up to scrutiny?

Over the next one month, this series will dig deep into a criminal justice system that sentences people not only to die, but also to await the gallows for years or even decades.

These stories are the result of a collaboration with the Centre on the Death Penalty at the National Law University, Delhi. The stories are drawn from original reporting and pioneering new research by the centre's Death Penalty Research Project.