I spoke in the Parliamentary debate yesterday and supported the motion on this issue. Here is what I said :
Mike Gapes (Ilford South) (Lab/Co-op): My hon. Friend referred to the fact that the Indian authorities have recently started to execute people again. Clearly, that was in the context of a terrorist attack that caused many lives to be lost. The precedent has been set, however, and there is now a real danger that many people who had been given a death sentence that had not been applied, and their families, will undergo a period of great difficulty and stress. That applies to many communities in India and not just the Punjabis.
I am pleased that the House of Commons has spoken out in support of the Kesri Lehar campaign and against the restoration of the death penalty in India.