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'Guru's execution unhealthy sign'

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Bathinda, February 09, 2013
First Published: 20:47 IST(9/2/2013) | Last Updated: 20:55 IST(9/2/2013)

Disturbed over the hanging of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru, the Association for Democratic Rights (AFDR), Punjab, has termed his execution an unhealthy sign for multi-dimensional Indian society.

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Ajmer Aulakh, state president of the AFDR, and Jagmohan Singh, its general secretary, issued a statement here on Saturday that death sentence was no solution to social problems. "There is no place for death sentence in any civilised society," said Aulakh. "In the world, 110 countries have struck off death sentence in their book of law, and many other have stopped hanging, finding it a cruel, medieval method."

The Indian state, instead of adopting a political approach to social problems, was rigid on death sentence, said the AFDR state president. "It has become common in the system to award death penalty to political opponents instead of giving them fair hearing," he added. "Human rights cannot be protected when judgments are based on public emotions. Even the judge in his pronouncement has stated that the emotions of Indian public demand the hanging of Afzal Guru. What justice it is?

"Afzal Guru had demanded a proper hearing, said Jagmohan Singh. "Many objections to the hearing that was were not addressed properly," he added. "The forces and the purpose behind the attack on Parliament are still to be exposed. How the ministry of home affairs issued visitors' cards to the attackers, and the identity of the attackers continue to be secret. Then home minister owes people an answer."

The state was strengthening communal forces by executing death sentances, said Jagmohan Singh, adding that it would hurt democracy. 

 Association for Democratic Rights objects, says it was unfair to base verdict on public emotions

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