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Why should Ajmal Kasab's hanging worry you?
Calling for the abolition of capital punishment, many human rights organisations have condemned the execution of Ajmal Kasab on the grounds that it will only feed a base instinct for retribution that will make society more vengeful. Instead of serving a strong message to terrorists, it seems the execution will only help terror masters to indoctrinate more youngsters.

IT WAS ridiculous to see various experts blabbering in TV studios that in Ajmal Kasab's hanging, Indian government had sent a strong message to terrorists and the countries harbouring them, besides doing justice to victims of Mumbai attacks. Contrary to reason, it sounded to me. Reason: How it can his execution serve a deterrent to his masters when they know Kasab was to die four years ago in the same terrorist attack?

If various media reports are to be believed, Kasab was only 12 when he was indoctrinated by Lashkar-e-Toiba men who would visit his Faridkot village in Pakistan's Punjab province. Actor Ashish Chowdhary, who lost his sister and brother-in-law during the atrocious attacks that killed 166 people and wounded more than 300, told The Times of India that 'he wouldn't rejoice Kasab's death as he was unfortunately born around wrong people'. As he rightly put it, it was like rejoicing at treating a symptom than taking nipping the disease in the bud.

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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