Some people don’t deserve to live

A lot of things are very cheap in India – labour,education, public transport and some thing that is a lot cheaper than all these is the life of an ordinary citizen.

There has been a lot of politics recently surrounding the impending hanging of those who were behind one suicide bomb blast that took place on 21st May 1991 and killed at least 15 people along with the then Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.A lot of people are suggesting that they should not be hung .

Sometime ago we had Priyanka meeting Nalini and reportedly pardoning her. Who the hell is she to do that ? What right does she have ? Her father wasn’t the only one who died.
Karunanidhi has said that if Rajiv Gandhi had been alive that “noble soul” would have pardoned these folks. Thank God, he died. We don’t need a Prime Minister who would pardon the guys who brutally killed fourteen of his citizens to score some political points . Of course, this is all hypothetical and he might not have done as MK said.

A lot of things get politicized in our country – education, sports,religion etc. But this is absolutely ridiculous.

The people who oppose the hangine can be divided into two categories – one group who say that these specific people should not be hung and those who oppose capital punishment altogether.

I am not going to talk much about the second category here. I just have one small argument . By having death penalty, even if you are able to threaten one out of a 1000 potential murderers not to commit the crime , the number of lives you would save would be more valuable than saving the lives all these murderers.

Let’s talk about the first category.Some of the arguments from the first category are
– Their clemency petition to the President has been kept pending for 11 years and then rejected. This ( fear of impending death )is worse than killing a person.
– They speak Tamil

I feel that this option of a clemency petition to the President should be done away with. Death sentences were more common some fifty years ago and this option made sense, when someone had done the crime in spur of the moment.Nowadays death penalty is given only in the rarest of rare cases. Consider this case where some fourteen other folks were killed brutally. This is not an act out of sudden emotion or unintended. This was a well planned attack on the then Prime Minister with the full knowledge that it would kill many innocent others.

Let’s say these people are not executed and get a commutaion of their sentences. What message does it send thousands of mililtants waiting to bomb crowded places and kill hundreds of people ? What message does it send out to the armed forces ? What do we do when Ajmal Kasab’s turn comes ? What if a series of spineless Presidents and Governments delay the decision ? Are you going to feed and protect a guy who slaughtered your citizens like he was playing a video-game for the rest of his life ? Is this what part of my tax goes to ? The mere thought of this possiblity makes me grind my teeth.

Quite simply, I feel some people don’t deserve to live.

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3 Responses to “Some people don’t deserve to live”

  1. Karthyek rajhaa Says:

    Good post da; even I am caught in a flurry of debates around this. I take the same view point;but I find it very difficult to answer this:
    “Who is “the authority” (say Judiciary for eg.) to execute some one when “it” cannot create/give life.

  2. santhanakrishnan Says:

    I think most women can create life though they need a bit of help from some man, but they can’t give life. On a serious note this is my answer. Excuse me for repetition.

    ” By having death penalty, even if you are able to threaten one out of a 1000 potential murderers not to commit the crime , the number of lives you would save would be more valuable than saving the lives all these murderers.”

  3. sathyanarayanan Says:

    Good post!! @Karthyek’s qn: how else end barbaric acts?

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