The furore of Clemency in India

The death sentence of terrorist Afzal has been brewing a large amount of uproars and upheavals through out the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere. So what’s going on? Afzal has been a noted terrorist that committed a heinous crime of attacking the Indian Constitutions’ most sacred place (“Sansad Bhavan”) in New Delhi sometime during December 2001. And the jury has rightly given him the Death Sentence.

The only things that were about to save him was he being following the Islam principles and the current month is Ramzan — holy month. I really don’t understand why Kashmir and elsewhere common people has to support pleading clemency for a terrorist. It is pretty sure that who claim clemency for such underworld people would naturally can not be just common people but terrorists on that pretext.  There are various interesting developments over this perspective. A few of them are:

  1. Pleading by 2001 Victim’s widows to Indian President on the day of Karva Chauth that clemency petition be denied. Check out this IBN Live news.
  2. When, How and Where can Clemency be judiciously deployed by Presidents and Governors?
  3. From the pages of “The History of India” — Clemency Canning — The most right way clemency was used during Sepoy Mutiny. The excellent and elegant way the then Governor General advocated clemency to the various people besides giving less punishment to the people involved in upheavals got him the name ‘Clemency Canning’.