Wednesday, January 28, 2009

"Terrorists are animals, we need animal rights" says Supreme Court Justice

Justice Pasayat, 3rd in Seniority in Supreme Court of India, said the following.

Indian Express Reports:

"In a clear departure from the view taken by Chief Justice of India K G Balakrishnan on the checks and balances needed to tackle terrorism, a senior judge of the Supreme Court today strongly deplored “how human rights activists carry out protests and hold dharnas, if rights of Terror suspects are violated.”
“We speak of upholding human rights. What we are worried is violation of the rights of terrorists, the people who kill innocent people with AK-47 and AK-56 on streets,” said Justice Arijit Pasayat. “He (a terrorist) is not fit to be called a human. He’s an animal so what is required is animal rights.”

Justice Pasayat, No 3 in the court by seniority, added: “Since he (terrorist) destroys the very basis of the citizen in this country...they have to be treated like terrorist and not like ordinary criminals.”

I am conflicted here. Both my mind and heart say that this statement is so very true. Though I should admit, a lone corner of my mind says that if we treat terrorists like animals, then what is the difference between them and us?

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