Kasab, who along with nine of his other accomplices attacked Mumbai left 166 people dead. During the hearing, he was awarded sentence to death by a special court in May.
TODAY INDIA will salute its heroes and pay homage to the victims on second anniversary of 26/11. However, one thing that must be annoying to the families of the victims as well as the entire nation is that the lone accused of India's one of the worst terrorist attacks, Ajmal Kasab is still in jail and our government has failed to hang even after two years since the incident shook the nation.
Kasab, who along with nine of his other accomplices attacked Mumbai left 166 people dead. During the hearing, he was awarded sentence to death by a special court in May. Now, the question that arises is, even after the verdict was pronounced, why is the government still holding on the case and not hanging him?
He is not only throwing tantrums in court and jail, but also terming his trial by a special court as unfair. This Pakistani terrorist demanded a retrial of 26/11 case. He is doing everything to save himself and claimed that important witnesses were not examined, material evidence not tabled and norms not followed in appointing lawyers to defend him. It is surprising how the case is moving on a snail's pace despite he was judged guilty.
After the verdict by the special court, Kasab did not take the initiative of appealing to the higher court. When there was no reaction from him, our legal system gave him the chance to appeal in the High Court. In India, having multi-level system makes it difficult to punish such people. Our constitution was framed based on co-existence with all religions including attackers but not terrorism. In addition, human rights organisations are coming forward with debate and making the matter more complex. Around the world and in India, mostly people think that our government doesn’t have guts and courage to punish criminals like Kasab and Afzal Guru. Our politicians wouldn't allow Ajmal Kasab to walk to the gallows so easily, so as to influence minority votes. Neither Ajmal Kasab nor Afzal Guru will be hanged for the next few years.
Again our system is spending crores of rupees to provide security to the criminals like Kasab and delaying justice for one or the other reason. Kasab's conviction demonstrates the slow process and low conviction rate of our legal system and also its respect for rights of the accused.