His deadly attacks in Mumbai were shocking; as was his unexpected confession early this week. And in a final twist, Mohammad Ajmal Amir Qasab has said he’s ready to be hanged and wants no mercy from the court.
The attacks in November last year killed almost 170 people, and shattered the lives of countless other loved ones. So if Qasab is claiming some responsibility and is volunteering to die for his crimes — should the state kill him? If a killer asks to die then should authorities oblige?
Needless to say, this topic has those of you in India and Pakistan talking. Nundini comments on an Indian news site: “It is all the more important to keep Kasab alive, and let him see the destruction and end of his mentors”.
But Haresh responds: “Kasab wants to be hanged? He should be fed to the lions!! But worry not dear Kasab, for this is India…. you will be treated with care so the ‘feelings’ and ‘sentiments’ of a particular community are not hurt. You will continue to be well fed at the tax payers expense.”
Of course, the issue is wider than just this case. The execution of the Bali bombers was welcomed by some of their family members, saying paradise awaited the killers after the firing squad. That in turn had some family members of the Bali victims worried that the execution would turn the killers into martyrs; while another said “I feel they should have been executed at the moment they were caught, and I’m sick of people who say that they don’t want them executed because they’ll become martyrs.”
There are surely other examples too, and we’re thinking we might explore these on tomorrow’s WHYS programme (Friday). In the meantime, tell us what you think and what other cases come to mind.