It is bizarre that terrorists have freedom of speech and without bounds. See our laws on this Article 19(1)(a). There are exclusions on maintenance of public order (religious incitement). As in you cannot pick people from a particular religion , incite them using your right to freedom of speech and then expect relief from the courts.
But wasn’t Afzal Guru’s last letter just that? It read like a call to arms to me. An appropriate letter would have been “I am sorry” – instead it was an unrepentant letter, possibly and almost surely, inciteful – how is this not incitement for the youth and the masses in Jammu & Kashmir. Why was this letter not destroyed – what was the importance of the letter – you have hanged the individual after all?
I don’t understand this at all – all the brouhaha about the letter reaching late to the family missed the point – the letter should not have been allowed at all. Our minster Mr Suship Kumar Shinde should have been more alert – this is a major gaffe in my opinion and against our laws.
This is a good segue to my other thought – personally I am against capital punishment. I am not saying we reform terrorists or the savage juvenile who killed Nirbhaya – I am saying that we keep them in Jail for a long period of time. And when I say jail I don’t mean the jail services that are accorded to politicians in Tihar (probably put most five star hotels to shame) – I mean a proper no-frills jail. Staying within the four walls of confinement for decades would make anyone repent and see sense in his or her wrong doings. Remember Guantanamo – most convicts would rather kill them selves than be imprisoned there ? Of course , I am not recommending Guantamo which was very much against human rights (i.e. imprisonment without trial – Obama’s first action was to shut this facility down) – but I am sure we can find jails to keep convicts for life in India too.
And suddenly after three years we have a terrorist attack in Srinagar !