Friday, August 7, 2009

Gender equality

Break out the champagne, the law is truly impartial when it comes to the genders. At least so it seems. One of the accused in the blast of Zaveri bazaar and Gateway of India, on august 2003, thought that she would be spared the death penalty just because she is a woman. The death penalty may not be the anwer, but why only for the woman? Did she think she was a gentle killer? Did her acts not lead to the death of many? So, why did she expect to be spared? How can any one plot such terrible things in cold blood and then expect compassion? The Syed couple have the dubious distinction of being the first to get a death sentence together. Allegedly, Fehmida's first thought was that her children would be orphans. While my heart goes out to the innocent kids, did she think of the children who might be orphaned when she planned the terror act? I am not convinced that the death penalty solves all the problems as it may be just the trigger for growing the next crop of terrorism. That said, justice should have no gender bias.

I believe that gender equality means exactly what it says; that every one is equal. I believe that any thing else is affirmative discrimination. So while you may not agree with everything the courts have to say, at least they seem to have this one. If you do the crime, you do the time....

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