I dont know, it may sound weird to you, but today I am not really happy for the way things turned out for Kasab. Till yesterday, I really wanted him to get the most brutal punishment ever but today, I dont want him to die. There is no doubt about the fact that he had killed scores of innocent people in the Mumbai terrorist attack. And he can definitely not be excused for what he did. But I have always seen a kind of innocence in his eyes. Even when he was photographed during the attack. I still see a kid in him. And seeing a 21 year or maybe 22 year old kid getting a death sentence is not acceptable to me.
Frankly, I too am surprised with myself because till yesterday I was thinking differently. Like every other person in India, I too wanted him to be sentenced with capital punishment. And if I start talking solely about capital punishment then I am sure a lot of people out here would vote against it. But why do we change our mind when people like Kasab are standing in the court of justice.
This young guy may have committed a hideous crime, I agree, but whenever I see his pictures, I feel that somebody forced him into it. All the news channels kept repeating that he is a shrewd, intelligent and a well-trained terrorist. Though I have no answer to why I think he is innocent, I really do think so. Innocent in terms of what he has done. He just got lured by the money. He just wanted to get rich by decoity. But his training at LeT just followed his eagerness to learn to use weapons.
And if his eyes looked fiery to everybody who saw him, they don't look so in the pictures.
Perhaps, I am just an idiot to be thinking like this.
But, I just can't stop imagining a 21 year old guy, lying on the hospital bed, who will be hanged in a day or two. The irony here is that the whole world wants him to die. But somewhere deep inside, I really want to believe that he did not get into terrorism at his own discretion.