Afzal Guru and Azmal Kasab are the two persons who have the privilage of attacking the Indian state, getting a fair trial on Indian exchequer, getting food and shelter (albeit in jail), and yet be alive on this very soil even after getting death sentence.
Yesterday, after pressure from various sources, Delhi government moved the mercy petition filed by Tabassum, wife of Guru in 2006, to Lt. Governer Tezendra Khanna for action. However the file was sent back to home department immediately for some “urgent” clarifications.
Afzal is 22nd on the row of mercy petition and if noone cares to move his file, it may take a decade for all the formalities to be done and him getting death or mercy. However, as misunderstood by most of us, there is no queue system in mercy cases. Special cases can be moved up and fast for consideration.
Azmal Kasab, Pakistani terrorist who got death sentence two weeks ago is another case of mercy.
The question is, do we actually need mercy petitions for some of the above mentioned cases? Isn’t it a slap on the face of judiciary and people whose kins have been brutally murdered in numbers by a foreign or Indian terrorist, who has been certified by various courts for hanging and yet again we give them a chance. Why?
Is it to show we are humane? Is the judge giving the verdict, upholding the verdict of death is an emotionless robot? Isn’t it arguable that justices too keep the human angle in mind and deliver verdict?
Or is it to please a certain class of people in wake of eternal elections in this country, to appease the international community, even better to project a nice face to our beloved neighbour and give their citizens a chance to come again and bestow their venom on our soil!
Let’s device a law for these special cases and give them justice fast and dispence off these worms which are very painful to the wounds they have given!