The fate of Kasab is in the hands of the president now. Do we have the moral right to hang him? Will it be a victory of justice or death of humanity? Nobody has the right to take away somebody’s life for any reason. Can we give life to a dead body? If no, how can we think of that when we can’t generate a new life? If you are thinking of IVF – the process of developing a test tube baby in the laboratory under controlled conditions that too are again not without the natural ingredients necessary to create a life. No experiment will be successful that is against the law of nature. So, let’s leave it to the nature and the supreme creator.
Our judiciary system has a provision of death penalty for criminals committing a severe offence. Nobody is a criminal by birth. Our society develops such people. The issue becomes more sensitive when a person commits a crime at a very young age. That needs to be treated as an immature act rather than a criminal offence. What is the motto and goal of our judiciary? Is it to wipe out crime or criminals or both? How can we check criminal activities? Some people think by wiping out all criminals at once we can put an end to all crime. We must remember crime is a state of mind and it born first there only. Taking action against few or all known criminals is not the right thing to do. If you do that there is no way we can change one’s mind or basic thought process conducive for our society. There death will give birth to more criminals as the mind is still there. When a new soul develops to its adulthood it again becomes a criminal as it has the same mind.
To curb all crime, we need to find the root of it and act on the same. The root lies in our values that develops our character to be good or bad. At a tender age a person can commit a crime for various reasons. Few of them could be because of wrong education, improper direction, childhood memories of violence & crime, greed of money, desire to become famous by easy name and fame, thinking of crime as an adventure game meant for amusement etc.
Our society only develops criminals. There social upbringing is greatly responsible for their acts. They are mere victims of circumstances. Every human being wants a healthy social living. Crime is not a profession. So, I don’t believe anybody becomes a criminal by choice. Their indulgence in criminal activities is because of exploitation at an early age.
God created human beings all as the same but they later divided their own blood and developed new races and communities. It’s inhuman to preach against any religion or community. Madrassas and other religious schools are often in news because of religious teachings that give birth to terrorism in mind first. If we feed all nonsense stuff to children in the name of religion and ‘zehad’ (aka holy war) what can we expect from them at their adulthood? It pollutes their mind so much they become terrorists.
We are talking about death penalty. It’s no more in practice in few countries now where it was before. It should be abolished globally under law. If you think, it’ll encourage criminals to commit more crime as there will be no fear of a death sentence, you are wrong. Criminal mind thinks differently. They do not think of the punishment first before planning an activity these days. In this technology age everybody wants to prove superior to his/her counterpart. You must have heard of few terms as ‘master mind terrorists’ and ‘human bombs’. What do they do and why do they do that? Does a human bomb fear death who knows his/her fate even before a planned crime? It’s all in our mind to accomplish a mission anyway suitable. We can’t curb crime only with fear factor and a death penalty is no more a big fear factor these days.
You can conduct an experiment. Children prefer experiential learning to bookish learning. I think terrorists of today are victims of wrong experiment in their childhood. Don’t ask a child his aim in life or set a goal for him. Don’t teach anybody about noble professions like that of an engineer, a doctor, a journalist etc. but feed with all the ingredients necessary to become one. You can easily find out his like/dislikes and creativity through his experiential learning. Similar childhood experience can develop a criminal too before knowing which direction it will take him/her. What do you expect a child to do with a live and fully loaded gun without knowing its proper use? He will treat that to be a toy and will definite do experiment with him or his surrounding to know more about it. In that process he can kill/hurt himself or somebody in his surroundings. Values & Education are the root of all acts whether good or bad.
When people lack human values they become more and more selfish. They can easily be tempted to cause a crime that satisfies their self-interest. They don’t hesitate to commit a crime even for fun/adventure. I have heard in some gulf countries they conduct camel race in which they tie a young kid to each camel. As the kid cries the camel runs faster and it increases with the intensity of the baby crying. There is very little hope the baby will come alive after the race. In old days Kings used to go on adventurer sports in jungle. They sometimes kill innocent creatures for fun and at times capture them alive for amusement. It’s all in the mind. A pure mind will have noble thoughts.
No crime should be justified. Most criminal activities have a strong root and are carried out with clear intention. Sometimes, I hear in news about crimes committed without any specific purpose. Such an offense mostly caused by youngsters like Kasab where none of the victims are their enemy. It’s either with or without a mission. You must have heard news like ‘a student fired blindly in the college campus and later killed himself’ or ‘an unidentified gunman open fired in a public bus stop’ etc. There is no specific target. He has not aimed at a specific person as his enemy. How will you attribute such a crime? Innocent people get killed or injured by such act. When there is involvement of foreign nationals we term it as an attack on the sovereignty of a nation. All such other internal incidents are treated as crime against humanity. Such a crime can be caused by a mentally ill person or by somebody having no respect for humanity.
In case of a death penalty there is no hope for change to be observed in a person as he has no opportunity to prove his good qualities. There can be people who have fallen victim of tragic situations and have landed themselves in jail. A judgement too has its own limitation as it’s made in view of evidences and witnesses. They are not always fair even without a bad intention. In all such cases of doubt the convict should get an opportunity to prove himself in real time with his good work and noble qualities. That is possible with a term like a life imprisonment at the max and never with a death sentence.
The criminal is also a human being and he too can have a family to support. No act of revenge in the name of justice can curb crime. Victory of humanity will foster goodwill and communal harmony among all. It can cause better relationship among nations. There are still people in the jails of foreign lands even after so many years of imprisonment. Their government sometimes release few on special occasions like an independence day. Prisoner of Wars are still in large numbers in foreign jails. Bitter relationship among nations can cause their fate worse.
The last choice for a person adjudged for a death sentence in our country is to apply for a mercy petition with the President – the supreme authority. Is it a very challenging job for the president? The answer is both Yes & No. The choice is easy to go with past decisions by various courts as per the history of the crime and the criminal. He can check for fact with documentary evidence and visual proof against the convict and make an easy decision in line with various court decisions.
The other choice is a tough one and quite challenging too. This is to listen to one’s own heart beyond all documentary/visual evidence against the convict. Here the choice is to protect humanity at all cost. You can use your power and make a decision. If you find suitable with your own analysis of situation and circumstances, you can exercise your power either to pardon and set the person free or to convert a death sentence into a term imprisonment. Anything can be done to avert a death penalty. It may cause little temporary harm to your personality by such a big decision. Your people may treat you as a villain or a self-centred person lacking patriotism for an unexpected decision that goes against their emotions. You and your GOD only know the truth. Can you bear such criticism for a period? The need is to broaden our horizon and think beyond an obstacle.
When you have a choice always try to give somebody a new living rather than death. Every life is precious and none is useless. If we believe a person is not a born criminal, there is great possibility of change for good. Nobody should die an unnatural death at an early age. The return of a life can never be another life. We can’t bring back the lives of our dear ones by taking away another life that caused us pain. It’s wrong to think our departed souls will get solace by this act. Think of mercy rather than revenge even for your enemy. That’s God’s will. Forgiveness is the greatest virtue and there is greatness in humility. We can achieve much better results by giving a life rather than taking one. Above all concern let’s appeal for the victory of humanity.