Without going into the debate whether death penalty itself is wrong , lets think about a humane method of death penalty . The reason is that I read in a book written by a muslim author that the Saudi Arabian method of beheading a person is much more humane as the person dies instantly , while the Indian method of hanging a person is much more barbaric as the person takes 2 minutes to die , and is left chocking and writhing to death for 2 minutes . Also barbaric is the electric chair , as the person literally ' fries ' to death . Also electric chair is messy , and those who have witnessed it say that the person can be seen visibly writhing with pain due to the electric current . Also it is messy . I think that the condemned person should be given general anaesthesia just like a patient about to be operated is to be given , and after he is unconsious , he should be given lethal injection . As he is already unconsious due to general anaesthesia , he will not feel a thing , just like a patient undergoing operation under general anaesthesia does not feel a thing . What say ??