We have also learnt from few media reports that some terrorist organisations have already claimed that Kasab was a hero and he 'will inspire thousands of others to fight in the name of God'. So is there really any point in celebrating his death? Of course, not! Keeping him inside the prison for the rest of his life would have served a more stringent punishment to the terrorist than ending his life by hanging.
The experts that we see on prime-time TV maintain that India has shown that it is a democracy by executing Kasab. Does that mean India was not a democracy before and it needed a hanging to prove it? But human rights activists have raised many uncomfortable questions on the legality of this execution as well. They say that prior to Kasab’s filing of his petition, eleven mercy petitions from persons on death row were pending before the President. Kasab’s lawyer and family in Pakistan were not informed of the imminent execution, in violation of international standards on the use of the death penalty.
While condemning the execution, many rights organisations have called upon India to do away with capital punishment. "For a crime as serious and horrible as what Kasab committed, he deserved a life in prison. Don't think that is a lighter sentence. India should join other nations that have stopped the use of the capital punishment," Human Rights Watch South Asia director Meenakshi Ganguly wrote on Twitter.
By holding celebrations on streets, people have only shown that they believe in revenge, not justice, argue experts. As Yug Chaudhry, a lawyer, who has been outspoken on Ajmal Kasab’s case, said, “Executing Kasab in the name of the Indian people will only feed a base instinct for retribution that will make our society more vengeful and violent. It will not contribute to our safety or well-being in any way”.
There are many conspiracy theories doing the rounds that execution was carried out by the UPA government to save itself from the onslaught of opposition parties during the winter session of the parliament. Besides, questions have been raised on the secrecy of the entire operation, giving birth to rumours that the terrorist could have died of dengue. But that doesn't seem to be true, as many people believe that it was the exigency of Gujarat polls, scheduled for next month that Congress-ruled government played this masterstroke.
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