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    Posted February 12, 2013 by
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    Why is India obsessed with the 'Death Penalty'?


    I wanted to speak out against the hanging of Afzal Guru, who was hung in secret on Feb 9th in New Delhi after an order by the Indian government. What appalls me is the nature of this whole act; why was it carried out in secret? What's worse was the fact that there were celebrations that followed Afzal Guru's execution. To those who are not aware of the details of this case, Afzal Guru is one of the four people who was convicted for his logistic involvement in the December 2001 attack on the Indian parliament. He was charged with conspiracy and for waging war against the Indian government.


    Now, despite the fact that there were several discrepancies in the case, the Supreme Court, ruled this a 'rarest of rare' case. What is a 'rarest of rare' case? What are the kind of cases that can be termed 'rarest of rare'? Because in the case of Ajmal Kasab, it clearly wasn't a rarest of rare case. If you take the case of the Delhi gang rape, that wasn't a rarest of rare case either - So what exactly is 'rarest of rare'?


    The other disturbing aspect of Afzal Guru's case is that there is a rising number of youth who believe that death is the only way to curb lawlessness in India, and this, by and large, is distrubing because it poses a great threat to democracy, and will surely shake the very foundation of it in the years to come. There is a rising bloodlust to see criminals punished severely, and people who commit crimes are not being seen as human any more. And there's a danger in this as well.


    I think all of us in India should be ashamed of Afzal Guru's secret hanging and fight harder to reform old laws that don't make sense in a modern, secular democracy - and the first of these laws, is the death penalty.

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