I am not sure of my views on death penalty. I, as a person, cannot understand how you can decide albeit legally, that someone should die.
Just takes me to the moral stories from childhood which taught me that only those who have not sinned can be the one to deliver a sentence/justice.
But legal system is different from morals and if only we learnt our lessons from stories which taught us morals, we would not have criminals walking around.
I have been fortunate enough not to have witnessed or experienced any of the gruesome crimes some of these people are accused of/convicted of (I am talking in the broad sense of it, not just Yakum Memon). Rape, murder, waging a war against my country. I have always read these as news reports, which a lot of times are clouded by the political leaning of the newspaper/editor. (this comes from a former journalist, trust me when I say I know how certain stories are created.) Hence, I may not be able to fully comprehend their anger, their loss, their state of mind on seeing their offender being hanged to death or rot in solitary confinement.
Justice should be served. Interestingly, justice tends to be a subjective term when things like “liberalism”, “religion” and “human rights” get involved.
Except, I am not sure how do you call a sentence fair?
Am I against capital punishment? I don’t know. I really do not know. Who are we to decide whether someone should die?
Rarest of rare case. How is a case rarest of the rare? Subjective? I don’t know. I am not a judge, I do not know the parameters.
Do I feel angry that someone decided to bomb my country? Yes. Do I wish death upon the perpetrators? I am not sure.
Also because I cannot wish death upon anyone. No matter how awful a human being you are, I cannot wish death upon anyone.
And I know a LOT of people who have very casually mentioned how some people, including the current Prime Minister of the country should just die (describing in vivid details how it should happen and then clapping gleefully and then labelling me a bhakt when I chose not to participate in the madness). Oh, ironically, these are the same people who are referring to the sentence of Yakub Memon as “revenge” politics.
So really, I don’t know. I just know I will not wish death upon ANYONE.
And I will not celebrate anyone’s death.
Tomorrow, when Yakub Memom is hanged till death, I will pray that human beings evolve such that we do not have to witness such scenario again. Neither the hanging nor the act for which he is being hanged for.
Let there be peace.