I do not get glee out of watching someone killed. True, I have even LESS glee when it's someone innocent, something in my stomach twists and knots and turns, but even when it's a person with a machine gun who killed lots of other people, I want him punished, yes, but not from stone-throwing or tarring and feathering and tying him to a horse. No guillotine. I want him to suffer slowly, in long solitary confinement, to go mad inside his prison cell. To live a long life regretting his mistakes.
I mentioned this on Twitter and was immediately shouted down. "The expense!" said one person. "Oh yeah, and then someone will hijack our plane and demand his release." All good points. (Side note: I love how it's suddenly "our". Like cricket matches, executions bring a country together.) But see, I believe that if as a country we're going to exercise our global right to sentence a man to whatever based on his crimes, then we should be prepared to bear the expense or beef up security or whatever, just to keep him adequately punished. It's an utopian ideal, yes, this idea of killing no one, letting our prisons be full.
You know what? I actually don't have a great argument about keeping people in prisons. I can't justify the cost or the potential security threats. But something sits uneasy in me at the thought of a death penalty. We are not gods. We shouldn't have the right. It is WRONG, no matter what the crime. 26/11 was hard on me, was hard on all of us living in Bombay at the time, but still, STILL, I can't bring myself to rejoice that he is dead at our hands.
What do you guys think? Weigh in in the comments.