What is the difference between being 'sentenced to death' and a 'lifetime imprisonment '?

Both Sentenced to Death and Life imprisonment connotes different meaning and purpose as per Indian Penal Code lets me try to explain each of them. 

Life Imprisonment

Life imprisonment is any sentence of imprisonment for a serious crime under which the convicted person is to remain in prison for the rest of his life. Crimes for which a person could receive this sentence include murder, attempted murder, severe child abuse, rape, espionage, drug dealing, vandalism, human trafficking, severe cases of fraud, robbery.

Note: Below is stats around the world about life imprisonment.
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Note:Life sentence in India has a duration of minimum 25 years till death. The only authorities that can pardon a sentence in India is The President or The Government after review which is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Sentenced to Death

Sentenced to death or death penalty is  Capital punishment whereby a person is put to death by the Court as a punishment for a crime.

Crimes that can result in a death penalty are known as capital crimes or capital offenses.  Following are the crimes under Indian Penal Code, 1860 which warrants capital punishment.

Note: Official government records claim that only 52 people had been executed since independence under various provisions of IPC til date.

More Information on this:
1. Life imprisonment
2. Indian Penal Code
3. life imprisonment means life :Lakkhi And Etc. vs State Of Rajasthan And Anr. on 14 August, 1995

3 Replies to “What is the difference between being 'sentenced to death' and a 'lifetime imprisonment '?”

  1. Sentence to death would mean that the state would take proactive steps to kill the convict. something like Hanging or shot be death squad or poison injection etc.

    lifetime imprisonment means to spend time in jail without the state doing much but making sure you die of old age in jail.

    in cases of lifetime imprisonment, some convicts are also released after spending substantial time in jail.

  2. The time it takes to execute a person…

    And, the cowardliness of those involved…

    I disagree with killing people; however, if the state is going to commit such an atrocity, it should at least have to fortitude to do it.

    “Life without” is torturous and evil, just as much as hanging, shooting, gassing, injecting, etc.

  3. The simplest answer to the question is in death sentence you will die but in life imprisonment you will go to jail for either 14 or 20 years differs from case to case and according to magnitude of crime too

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