Should Kasab be hanged?

The Bombay High Court’s decision to reject Ajmal Kasab’s appeal against the death penalty for his involvement in the 26/11 terror attacks is indeed a major milestone in the legal history and triumph of democracy. Though evidences against the lone surviving terrorist of the 10 Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives who had carried out the attacks in Mumbai on 26 November 2008 were enormous, Kasab pleaded guilty initially, only to retract it later. Maybe he was well trained by his handlers to shift stand if caught alive to confuse investigators. But nothing worked and over 650 witnesses testified against him. Besides, there were fingerprints and DNA evidence as well as CCTV shots of him walking around the scene of the gruesome attack, with an AK-47 rifle slung on his shoulder. He frequently attempted to misguide the prosecution and investigators, changed his statements at regular intervals and even pleaded for a life term at the fag end of the trial. He reportedly never showed any remorse during his time in jail for the terrible killings he carried out. Many have felt that he should have been hanged long back and question if it is really worth to spend crores of rupees on the security of a terrorist? The same amount could have been utilised to tighten the security of the country. But one wonders if the quick closure for the incident by hanging Kasab will bring any justice to the families of the victims? If he is hanged, will he not become a hero for the fundamentalists and would be the next example for recruitment? Young children could be recruited citing his example and how brave and valiant he was. Children coming from very poor family background can easily fall prey to such elements. It is not time to make judgements based on emotions, but tell the government to act against Pakistan for harvesting terrorism. Killing Kasab will make him a martyr. Sentence him to prison, rehabilitate and let him know what he did was wrong so that he can guide other misguided people.

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