The name Yakub Memon can never escape our memories, for it is gravely engraved there. How even can our memory get rid of this man whose involvement in 1993 Bombay Bombings case culminated in more than 257 deaths? Never, perhaps.
Yakub is the brother of none other than Ibrahim ‘Tiger’ Memon who tailored out the fool-proof plot of 1993 Bombay Bombings. Despite Ibrahim’s forewarning, Yakub surrendered himself to Indian government for the sake of his family ‘Memon’s’ reputation which was at stake then. Not only did he succumb himself to Indian government but also divulged out Pakistan’s upholding in bombings. He might have done these, anticipating clemency from Indian government. He, under TADA was served a penalty of life-imprisonment but the year 2013 was the call for his death-sentence by the Supreme Court. Thereafter, he has made 24 mercy pleas to deal with rejections one after another.
Well, the crux of this entire piece of writing is to opine whether the penalty of death-sentence a fair or unfair upshot.
Few key-points that arise on taking a 360 degree observation around this entire affair
1. On the grounds of religion
Shall we take India’s communal status into account while deciding the punishment for such heinous crime? Buzz about this case is that the decision will have, in a negative way, a great impact on Indian Muslims. For his religion has entitled him to such punishment, because there exist several convicts of Godhra riots who passed scot-free. Then why noose around Yakub is in-the-air debate.
To wind up this religion-circumvented point, I would simply ask one question, that is, can religion be a parameter when it comes to the justice of those colossal 257 deaths? Not even a moron would bring in such gibberish considerations to kill that one who has taken away 257 lives.
If Yakub Memon hanging hurts Muslim….then Muslims are WRONG. They have to CORRECT themselves. Teesta Rudaalis pic.twitter.com/fdNdmYfoN5
— Naveen (@nav_nirvana) July 16, 2015
2. On the grounds of substantial revelation
Just because he spilled the beans that Pakistan too played an aiding role in carrying out such horrendous crime, he simply can’t carpet his gigantic crime with a tad of good. For, self-realization and guilt can’t give back life to the lives lost. No forgiveness is above justice.
3. On the grounds of capital punishment
One may tongue-war that his death can’t re-liven up those 257 innocents and so court need not penalize with him a death-sentence. And neither can his death uproot the deep-seated terrorism from India. Then why hang him to death? Great ones have introduced phrases “an eye for an eye”, “as you sow, you shall reap” and many such-likes to perhaps un-riddle such riddles. Hands of law should be more powerful than the greatness of heart when it comes to such ghastly acts.
‘Life’ in spiritual context holds in a great sacredness. So, when sacredness was being tarnished in those 257 deaths, why not tarnish again?
Mistakes have reprieves and not crimes. Perhaps that’s the reason why mistakes and crimes are the two different entities of dictionary. In fact, since last 25 years, India was oblivious of this huge difference which cause delay to his death that actually should have befallen on him 22 years back itself.
Yakub Memon sentenced to death 25 years after killing more than 200 people in Mumbai in 1993. Indian justice or a mockery??
— Tavleen Singh (@tavleen_singh) July 15, 2015
By Prerna Daga