Mohammad Afzal, also known as Afzal Guru, was convicted of conspiracy in the December 2001 attack on the Indian Parliament and was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India in 2004. The sentence was scheduled to be carried out on 20 October 2006. Afzal was given a stay of execution and remains on death row.
The other death sentence that has been in the news in the recent past is of those involved in Rajiv Gandhi's assasination.According to the law of the land,the power of clemency lies with the president or the governer,but does it?
I was reading an article in the 'Tripple Helix' which struck a chord and set me thinking.This article was written by a doctor who had in the recent past forfeited his doctoring job to follow his call of serving full time in the ministry of the Lord.When asked why he had decided to leave a blessed carrier of saving lives,he replied that as a doctor he does not save lives but just tries to prolong it the best he can.
When we come to the crux of the matter,the entire humanity is in the death row,the fall, brought with it the death sentence,sooner or later everyone has to die.Some people are fortunate enough to have an idea as to when it could be, whereas the rest of us are out of the race in a blink of an eye.
Is there a way out,a true clemency,an act of mercy that can buy us out of it?
Yes,and it is already paid for on the cross of Christ.We can if we want to become inheritors of eternal life.
The doctor's decision was wise.
He had taken up the mantle of facilitating people towards eternal life instead of trying to prolong a life which will ultimately lead to death.