Death penalty is no way of ensuring justice; it is only revenge killing by the state. It is clear from the article “An execution most foul” (Feb. 19) that most countries believe that executing a convict after keeping him for many years in prison is inhuman. It is clear that in Afzal Guru’s hanging, the UPA government had some political calculations in mind.
I agree with Justice Krishna Iyer that no one has the right to take away the life of a human being. But the attack on Parliament was a very serious matter. I salute people like Matbar Singh Negi who sacrificed their lives to save the lives of our MPs. We should create a high security prison in some island and house criminals like Afzal for life. Judges should award sentences of 60 years,100 years, etc., in prison as is done in the U.S. Decisions on mercy petitions should be taken by a jury of teachers, priests, business people, etc.
Regardless of what Justice Iyer has to say, I strongly support the retention of death penalty in our statute books. The Palar landmine blast, in which 22 security personnel were killed, is certainly a fit case for the award of capital punishment. One hopes Veerappan’s accomplices who masterminded and executed the conspiracy are hanged at the earliest in the interest of justice.
M. Jameel Ahmed,
Intellectuals are deliberately creating a controversy over Afzal Guru’s execution. Instead of focussing on measures to protect law-abiding citizens from the inhuman acts of a few unscrupulous elements, some sections of the media seem to be supporting terrorists.