Following the court’s decision, many voices have been raised calling for mercy. A former chief minister of Kashmir has warned that
In his December 12 appeal, the militant claimed he was victim of a gross miscarriage of justice, but the court concluded that his plea had "no merit”.
Human rights activist Ram Puniyani told AsiaNew that “hanging of Afzal Guru will further alienate a large section of Indian Muslims. Already many of them are under the impression that there are two set of laws, one for majority and the other for the minority.”
At the same time, many Muslims are saying that the attack against the parliament building “was not thoroughly investigated,” he said. “Suspicions and haphazard evidence were good enough to hand down harsh sentences. By contrast, when material evidence involving criminals, albeit Hindu ones, is strong, it is not even taken into account by the judges. This way justice becomes just vengeance.” (NC)