The Complexity of Execution by Vir Sanghvi (Counterpoint, October 15) was one more addition to the humungous debate raging in the country. Afzal did not just plan or execute a murder, he facilitated an act of high treason. The death sentence may or may not be a good thing but in this case, it is more than justified.
MK Bajaj, Gurgaon
While Karan Thaper argued and concluded that Afzal should not be hanged (Should Mohammed Afzal be Hanged?, Sunday Sentiments, October 15), he did not taken into account the reactions of clemency. Vir Sanghvi looked at what would happen if he is not hanged: “...terrorists hijacking planes to free him from jail just as was done in the hijack of the IC-814 few years ago where ultimately the Government of India had to release a hard core terrorist in exchange for hundreds of innocent passengers on board”. This no one realised. If pardoned, the terrorists will get a chance to win on two fronts: Save Afzal from hanging and, later, get him released by a hijacking.
Sharad Kumar, Mumbai
As long as our Constitution permits this form of punishment, we will raise a hue and cry whenever our courts award and uphold the death sentence. Capital punishment should be abolished.
Harmeet Sngh, New Delhi
Whether or not Afzal is hanged will affect India’s political scenario, because hanging him or granting him clemency will mean political death or life for many a politician.
Omar Luther King, Delhi