Death before death

Tonight,  on the 28th of April, Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran are going to face death penalty in Indonesia.

They are two young educated and very talented Australians who were accused in 2005, of being members of the Bali Nine heroin smuggling ring. Inside the prison, Myuran spent time creating haunting paintings.

Indonesia has a very strict legal system. Somebody has to pay, they say. But is death penalty the only solution? Isn’t it too harsh a verdict for the crime of drug trafficking?
These two had gone through enough penalties before they will finally be put away.

Tonight, on Tuesday the 28th April they are expected to be killed by a firing squad at midnight.  Their families are horrified. Seeing loved ones die a gruesome death is not easy.

Death, scary and horrid
Like the life-less life ‘lived’ by those
held captive by the terrorists

Captive Jordanian pilot being burnt alive.  Pic source: SMH,

I wrote the above Haiku poem two months ago in February, when captive Jordanian pilot was held hostage and burnt alive (in the pic). That was in the hands of terrorists.  Here’s the news.

Pic source: SMH

My previous similar poem Ode to the…well…it’s now scary to use the word….


5 thoughts on “Death before death

  1. Reblogged this on HarsH ReaLiTy and commented:
    I am glad someone wrote on this. It is a tricky situation and I understand both the side of the state and those of the offenders. One day people will realize there are far worse things in life than “drugs” being given to people that already want them. Hopefully Indonesia learns this as well. It is sad that all the men were shot and the only mercy given was to the woman. I am not sure that was fair if you ask me. -OM
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    • I had connected this latest news to my previous blog story so my post is a bit mixed-up and yet relevant today. So thanks OM for reblogging my post!
      Indeed it was a tricky situation and since morning there’s been a huge reaction to it here in Australia too. Drug trafficking is a serious offense but death penalty to offenders is very inhuman. Loss of precious lives. Moreover it does not teach any lesson to anyone rather it may further deteriorate the legal system as it is degrading for friends and families of these eight prisoners who had already been punished for so long. Their hearts would now be full of hatred so there will be discrete repercussions in the society.

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  2. It is a pity that several countries are still persisting with death penalty in a civilised world. Without doubt, there are crimes heinous enough to merit the severest punishment, but death penalty is not the answer, as it amounts to state murder, or countering violence with greater violence. Life imprisonment would amply serve the twin purpose of quarantining such toxic elements from society and, hopefully, their gradual reformation. Snuffing out such lives is a negative action that can never have a positive impact. Appreciate your social consciousness, alka…

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    • Thanks for appreciating my views and sharing your valuable comments. I agree with you. But we can only express our impulsive thoughts and feelings. The internal political machinery and legal system of each country is different, so they stick to it and give their fair verdict. Of course, life imprisonment is better as it gives these criminals a chance to reform their lives, esp. as they do something good for their prison inmates.


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