In the past, Akali Dal stood behind pardon for Bhullar and so as the Jammu and Kashmir parties for Afzal Guru. In the mean time, Afzal was executed in unprecedented manner. Had he got the chance to knock the doors of Supreme Court, he could have been alive today. Thus if other’s death sentence are commuted to life sentence, why Afjal Guru deprived of that benefit? Isn’t it discrimination amounting to injustice? Most urgent question is why there is delay in mercy petition hearings? For political interest how one can play with justice!
I am not advocator of abolishing death penalty, nor inclined to the fact that 2/3rd nations of Globe has abolished the death penalty. My logic is those nations abolished death penalty has population less than 1/3rd of Global population. Thus nations having more than 2/3rd global population are practicing death penalty and rightly so. Death penalty is a strong deterrent unequivocally. I am not among the groups of people, who in such cases advocate for abolishing death penalty, where as in cases like Nirbhaya scream death for the guilty. Such dual thought speaks pure duality.
However politics on convicts sentenced to death is bad. If somebody condemned being hanged, let them hanged or if there is any scope of commuting to lifer, let it be done. But these should be done within stipulated time, without any selfish politics rather with due respect to the justice system.
The present politics would have dangerous consequences. The guilty of gang rapes (including Nirbhaya Case) who are sentenced with capital punishment may also be released after 15-20 years. In twitter circle, there is a dangerous warning that one can kill a PM prospect (Modi) to be released only after 15- 20 years! One may ready for a special deal too. Such things though appears to be very hypothetical, but logically it can’t be denied. That’s why I say politics on such cases set bad precedents.
Better would be if the public representatives start respecting justice system and law of land. If there is any lacuna in our law system, as lawmakers they should fix it instead of taking advantage for selfish interest. Unfortunately our representatives repeatedly break rule in assemblies and Parliament openly and intentionally as if breaking the law is the new trend and right step. This way nation only leads to anarchy or banana republic. Thus people must realize the danger and start voicing against such anti-national and selfish tactic of political parties!