Hanging Yakub Abdul Razak Memon

  • Indian government embraces death sentence in fight against terrorism

Lata Jain

Reports from Nagpur suggests  that the 1993 Mumbai blasts accused Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, the sole death row convict in the serial blasts case in which around 257 people lost their lives, may be hanged on July 30, 2015, in case the Supreme Court turns down his mercy plea on July 21st.

If Yakub is hanged, it will be the first execution related to the 1993 serial blasts, in which over 257 people were killed.

The blasts of 1993 at Taj Mumbai which left more than 200 dead had become an international affair. The hangover of the financial, political and infrastructural loses it accounted lasted very long. This certainly had all the dreadful ingredients along with 9/11 of USA to go down as the worst ever militant attacks. This was more of a war between the whole of India and terrorists certainly first of its kind, ever, in the world history which lasted for around 60 long and highly petrified hours, face to face battle between our security units including military and the entire espionage  and that too aired on TV live! Question still remains- who won ultimately? It’s difficult to answer. Who lost: Common man is an easy answer.

It’s not about Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Parsis or Jains. It’s about our country India, about humanity. It’s about living in harmony with no mutual discrimination in the name of caste, creed, sect or even color. These communal disharmonies may be what is encouraging for these chancy terrorizing predators always on a look out, to prey on us.

It’s hard to believe and digest the horrendous fact that Mumbai was a victim of a youth unit with its members belonging to an age group of mid and early-twenties. The real shadows behind them are the real master evil-minded and grey-haired lunatics who conduct religious preaches and ill direct these young minds and program their brains in the process to bring out mass destruction of everything they feel are halting their ‘progress’.

If you ask me whether the execution of Kasab has healed all the wounds then I would certainly say no. More than a hundred Indians lost their lives without any reason whatsoever because of fundamentalists who believe that our mere existence is against the principles of their religious and national ideology. They killed indiscriminately without any mercy or empathy towards the inevitable misery faced by the families and friends left behind,” a Mumbaikar recounted his memories of the attacks on condition of anonymity.

Terrorism had started at first as an ideology to win over control of geographical area. Now terrorism has become a profession. Terrorists have no caste creed or religion. They are killers. Incidentally they pursue a religion. They would not even spare any person of their own religion when they pursue the blind attack. Should terrorism in Bombay be taken as an isolated case? Or is it a part of the grand design of terrorism all over the world? How do we challenge the terrorism? If all sensible human do not combine it would impossible to contain terrorism in the civilized world.

The question is will hanging Yakub send wrong signals to Indian Muslims? Should death penalty be abolished in India?

Prison cells don’t attract many spectators, but executions have always drawn crowds.”There is a trend that governments want to appear to act tough on crime in a political context – and in a sense that an unpopular government may want to show the people that it is acting tough on crime and tough on terrorism.

Aside from the moral viewpoint on the death penalty, the execution of those convicted of terror-related crimes does not address the heart of the problem. Among the complex and diverse drivers of terrorism lie political, economic and social injustices, limitations regarding education and socio-economic opportunities and unresolved political disputes and foreign occupation. The death penalty does not offer a multi-faceted response to these issues, so the problem of terrorism goes unchallenged.

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