Thursday, May 6, 2010

Kasab will finally die

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.

36 comments:

Rhapsodic said...

It feels good to c humans who can take over the coating of hatred wid humanly kindness.. thanx 4 makin dis world a better place.. as v need understandin 'n forgivin ppl on earth to liv as at the end of the day terrorism has its roots in hatred only, i know v can't sit bak 'n watch hundreds of ppl dying mercillessly and capital punishment too is justified.. bt in the hearts of youths lik us hatred for long will create more probs only..

Maria said...

Oh!god...last night i had exactly the same thought and was telling it to my hubby...who was not in agreement with me or even listening to me :(
im surprised there r others too who feel the same...its not nice to be put to death at 22!
thanks for writing this...even speaking something like this today is enuf for people to shoot us today!

Renu said...

And seeing a 21 year or maybe 22 year old kid getting a death sentence is not acceptable to me...and so many innocent young kids and others being killed and maimed by 22 years..acceptable to you?

please dont show any sympathiny to him.its humiliating to the people who sacrificed their life for no fault of theirs.

Secondly 22 yrs old is not a juvenile age where we can say somebody forced him.

Chanz said...

@ Rhapsodic : someone has writely said that if you do bad onto those who did bad to you then what is difference between u and them..

Chanz said...

@ Maria : True

Chanz said...

@ Renu : when he was forced into this profession he was a minor... he dropped out of school after 4th standard.. this was his first attempt.. everybody gets a chance in life. But sadly Ajmal Kasab got none.

Mehak said...

Kasab is just one example of the hundreds and hundreds of misguided, brainwashed young men that foul old men who call themselves advocates of Islam in Pakistan and Afghanistan - and god knows where else - are grooming and unleashing upon the world.
He was a poor kid from an obscure place with a family to support - terrorism promised to give him the kind of money he could not even dare to dream of... can we really blame his young self for falling into the trap and taking the heinous path that he took? No, I really don't think so. Yes, he is an adult and he ought to have known the difference between right and wrong but we are nobody to judge when we have no experience of the underprivileged background that he comes from. When we are helpless in the face of the crippling miseries of life, it is difficult to stop and ponder over right and wrong, especially when there are grown up people egging us onto the 'wrong' path and brainwashing us that we are indeed doing a 'good' thing for our community, our religion, our people, our country.
However, I think that the death sentence is like granting him some solace because after all, he wanted to die in the first place and he has finally got his wish. It feels somewhat wrong that he has met his end when he has an entire life ahead of him - a life that could perhaps have been turned around and led for a good cause, in repentance of the unforgivable crime that he committed - but this end is ultimately what he was destined for. I just have faith that eventually, one day God will do justice in the true sense and punish those who lured him onto this path in the first place.
As a student of psychology, i can't even begin to imagine what this young guy's mental state has been ever since 26/11 occurred. In one sense, he perhaps died already a long time ago.

Mehak said...

oops, sorry for the extra long comment. It's just an issue which i feel very strongly about, so...

@ease said...

@ Chanz: "someone has rightly said that if you do bad onto those who did bad to you then what is difference between u and them.."

You are challenging the whole judicial system. No one should be trailed, infact we should excuse them or put them into some re-hab centre..

you can see the innocence in Kasab's pics but u cant hear the the pains and the tears of the kiths-n-kins of those who died in that merciless massacre...??

i respect ur soft-corner for his immature age... but "dil to baccha hai jee..." He must be given the harshest of punishments..!!

Chanz said...

@ Mehak : I agree with each and every word you said about Kasab and what happened exactly. You have rightly pointed out the two sides of a coin.

Though I had never really thought about what Kasab might have gone through post the terror attack, I really think that he died way back. And today morning, I read an article in the economic times which I really loved. I'll find the link here and post it soon.

@ease said...

are u talking abt the article by T K Arun..?? ...an eye for an eye..??

do also read the front page article on TOI...why kasab should be hanged...?

Chanz said...

@ @ease : No, I am not challenging the judicial system. I am nobody to do that. And if you are talking about judicial system then even that isnt fool proof. The law is just based on what happened in the past. It is just used as a reference of what happened and what should happen in future. There is no right or wrong punishment for any body who does wrong.

And don't say that I cannot hear the cried of those who got innocent deaths in that attack. Perhaps, I cannot understand the pain of their loved ones. If we really have to curb terror attacks then we need to get to the bottom of it. Killing 10 terrorists would definitely not help. Maybe, it is a step towards letting the terrorists know that this would be their fate if they continue doing so. But do you really think it would affect them if their partners are killed. My dear, these terrorists are not affected by the death of their partners. Kasab's death won't affect anybody there. It will only create more enmity.

and if this is how terrorists should be dealt with, then do we really need campaigns like aman ki asha... lets just scrape it off.

Chanz said...

@ @ease : I think it's the same article.

I'll read the TOI one when I reach home. Or if you could just share the link, it would be good.

Punia said...

Question of under influence can not be considered here, as he wud hav known very wel, wht wud happen 2 him, if he get cauught.
Kasab said dat " he enjoyed killing people on CST station n was feeling bad,as he get less people to kill on station, he killed 4 senior policemens,tell dis story of urs to dose people who lost dere family members durin 26/11, also dis death penalty strike fear in the hearts of those who consider India a soft target n we dnt pay taxes to feed people who try 2 create a war kind of situation in India.This man has lost the right to get humanitarian treatment. You r givin ur views but u forget 2 think abt others who lost dere son,daughter,mother,father etc.

Chanz said...

Puni, I have not forgotten about those who lost their lives in mumbai. BUt his young age, is hat is bothering me. Frankly, I didnt know that he said that he got less people to kill. That is new to me. And I can never face the loved ones of those people who lost their lives. I can never say anything like this to them. But seeing the circumstances that forced him to get into terrorism cannot be forgotten. He was forced into it. You must have heard about his family background. I agree that what he did was wrong. Totally wrong. Joining LeT was perhaps his biggest mistake. It was his desire to learn to use weapons. He should be punished for that. But again, when he joined LeT he was a kid. He didnt know what was right and what was wrong.

Punia said...

@ cady: dude wht u talkin abt, even a small child knos dat killing sum1 is a crime n against humanity n hw u know dat he ws forced into dis mess ( did he called u n telu :-P), may be he joined LET intentionally may be 4 money but wht matters by d end of d day is dat he killed policemen, NSG commandos, indian citizens widout ny reason n regret.

Lincoln said...

i have two questions for u -

1) if some loved one of you say friend/lover betrayed u badly , will u forgive him/her and move on without saying anything.

2) what if someone kills ur loved one in front of you , will u still advocate the same thing?

Just imagine near and dear ones of 187 odd ppl what they must have gone through when bullets are passing through their ears within cm of distance ....All emotions gets dried up dear.....

its easy to pass personal opinions but if u read Judge statement who gave the punsihment he has categorically state that if he remains alive , The NATION will be in danger

Chanz said...

@ Puni : When he joined LeT, he had no intention of killing people... He didnt want to become a terrorist. Its easy to say that he has done wrong but you have to understand why he did wrong..

Chanz said...

@ Lincoln : I have already said that I cannot say anything to the relatives of those who have lost their lives. God forbid, If I lose someone, I too will be devastated and I too will react in the same way as everybody is. I too would want to kill that person who killed my loved one.

But sometimes, It is important to get over our emotions and see why was a wrong deed committed.. what made the person commit a mistake.. Its important too..

and what do you think. By giving a death sentence to a 22 year old guy would reduce the danger of a terrorist attack..

sepo said...

pity kasab...!
he has definitely done it under pressure and has been severely brainwashed..!

Rhapsodic said...

..How helpless v somtimes get wen v all jst wish dat everythin v c is soothing2 our eyes stil v'v2 c horrendous things..may b thos things too r ironically de very part of som1's nature the conditions wich led2 his such nature r not under our control.. wish v cud ever change those conditions bt dats a eutopia i suppose

Shivani said...

Sorry Chandni.. I happen to utterly disagree with you on this.. and its not because I have an unkind heart.

Read my blog @ http://donnazchronicles.blogspot.com/2010/05/how-fair-is-it.html

Sakshi said...

Chandni, it is good to be human. But I am sorry, I cannot advocate Gandhi's principle here at all. Humanity is being human, and not being brutal. Even if we give him a benefit of doubt about say his family being killed by terrorists, that is no excuse for him becoming like one of them.
Killing another human being for your own selfish motives, called religion, does not justify the innocence in his eyes.

No religion preaches violence, none at all talk about killing of innocent human beings. Think about all those who were in Taj that night, think about the manager who in the course of his duty lost his ENTIRE family. How fair was it o him? or to that little jew kid, who doesn't even know what terrorism is. 26/11, stirs a storm which just can't be explained.
I worked in the building next to The Oberoi's the entire december'08, and I saw the police, the yellow tape, and the reconstruction... and each day reminded me of a gloom, of a fear that each one of us felt when we came or went back from work.

Kasab should've been hanged the day he was caught. Or more so, left to the public.

Chanz said...

@ All above : Even when you guys are saying this, I still think that it was "us" or "we" who created terrorists. And this terrorism will not finish just by killing a young terrorist who has his whole life in front of him. Sometimes, I think that its actually a good thing that he will die.. atleast that would be better if someone would have bailed him out of jail, coz then he would have come back on the same track.

I don't know. Its weird to see anybody die an unnatural death. Be it those people who were killed in the attack or be it Kasab.

buckingfastard said...

never mind!!! its just shock of realization...i m sure if kasab got life imprisonment...u wud be angry on the judicial system for not giving capital punishment to him!!!

but yes...i m sure Life imprisonment wud be a better verdict...coz dis guy came to mumbai dat day wid the intention to kill and die...death doesnt scares him.... but imprisoned to spend every day of his life in guilt and scare may scare him more

et said...

Every mind is created neat and pure. But there is this so many different ideologies. When an extremist philosophy gets into your mind, or is rather injected, its not in a lifetime that you get off from it. And in every terrorists case, it gives them a vision, a purpose in life. What anyone feels about it, is just relative.
But its important that we compare. We need to mark things as good and bad. We can't ignore violence and mindless killing in a civilization. Its no more the kid's eyes u'r talking about, its a much intense ideology that we have to pull out from the depths and destroy.

Manjari Singh said...

Yes, I feel the same but dear he should not be kept alive . Remember Indian Airlines Hijack incident, when hijackers demanded for terrorists like masoor ahmed n all.

This may happen again if he Kasab is kept alive. So he should be hanged yaar.

@ease said...

@buckingfastard: xactly dude.. i too think, instead of a death-sentence... a rigorous life-imprisonment would have been better, but keeping such a terrorist alive is a danger to the society. He should rather be hanged and the videos released publically.

chitz said...
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chitz said...

i beg to disagree chanz....he might have been forced in2 dis..but then he also had a choice of shooting himself down wid that gun,before killing those hundreds of people...

no sympathies here.

Tavish Chadha(sensible-bakwas.com) said...

I can understand the feeling u r going thru... Personally I cant make a decision myself... when I think of the people who died on 26/11 I just wanna c his dead... but the fact is - its not gonna achieve anything! Except that guys like Sayeed will get a chance to say that look there is the country who punishes r people, lets go and kill them....

ph and btw my net problems and a knocked out laptop have been keeping me away from the cyber space for quite some time... thats y i was away from ur blog... promise to be more regular ab se :)

Cheers!
Tavish

Kedar said...

Every man has to suffer the after-effects of his deeds. What Kasab did was brutal.
Even I am not satisfied with the judgement that he'd be hanged till death. I wanted the law to punish him in such a way that he'd be handicapped, helpless and painfully disabled for the rest of his life. We should set an example for those aHoles who are aspiring to be terrorists, those who kill innocent people on the name of jihad, those who choose the life of getting brainwashed to do evil stuff....
He should feel the pain for his entire life.. the same way the relatives of those whom he killed are feeling.
Chanz, being 21 year old is not at all an excuse not to hang him.
Strangely, I have an extremely opposite viewpoint than yours.

Darshan Chande said...

When you don't fully know the facts, and don't even have clarity in your thoughts over a serious issue as this, it's better not to write the way you have written. "Gut-feeling" is a subjective thing and judgments are not passed based on one's gut-feeling. It takes into consideration facts and there should be a rational take, which you lack here. Being rational is more important, superior, and much essential than being emotional.

Darshan Chande said...

Saying that, it's absolutely JUST to hang him. There's no alternative.

That's MY take.

I see, here in blogosphere people have a habit of agreeing with everything the blog owner has written. No wonder, it's right that most people comment just so that they are followed.

Chanz said...

@ Darshan : When i read your comment the first time, I got angry. But then what you said is not wrong. However, my blog is not dedicated to giving knowledge to people around.. Unlike your blog, my writing is mostly based on emotions. And emotions don't require complete knowledge.. If at all the gut feeling was based on the knowledge, it wouldn't be called gut feeling then.

and i do not agree with you when you said that people here have a habit f agreeing with whatever the blog owner writes. If you go through the comments, then lot of people have disagreed with me. I did not write this post to force people to think like this but it is simply the way 'I' think. And mind you, what I think does not necessarily has to be true (or even right for that matter)

pRasad said...

I had argument on same topic with one of the blog writer. She is a girl and was in favor of sending Kasab to rehabilitation center instead of death sentence.

I respect humanity & all but we should not forget Terrorists are not HUMAN. When they come out of Humanity thingy , then only they can become TERRORIST. It's not joke to kill so many ppl with cold heart afterall.

And, again what message we are giving ?? COME - KILL OUR PEOPLE - WE WONT KILL YOU IF YOU ARE BELOW 18-- SO COME - KILL US.

I don't know whether I should admire your innocence & softness you have about Kasab despite he killed so many ppl or should hate you for not thinking about relatives of people who died & their feeling for taking revenge.