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    May 05, 2010
     

    Why Mohammad Ajmal Amir should be sentenced to 'saza-e-maut'

    Mohd. Ajmal Amir (aka Kasab) was found guilty of waging war against India and his sentence will be delivered tomorrow.

    The prosecution has argued for the death penalty while the defence has claimed that he was a pawn in the larger scheme of things.

    I have no specific views for or against the death penalty, but in this specific instance, India is much better off if he is sentenced to death (section 302 of the IPC) and the sentence carried out in a timely manner.

    Imagine if he got life imprisonment and he escaped to Pakistan. Even worse, if there was another terror attack / hostage crisis and the demand was that 'Kasab' should be released in exchange for the hostages.

    I don't have too much evidence in terms of previous hostage crises in India, but the 2 instances that come to mind, Rubaiya Sayeed and IC 814, don't inspire any sort of confidence.

    In passing, if only the Mumbai suburban railway strike had happened on 26 November 2008!

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