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Capital Punishment – Does the End Justify the Means? Free essay! Download now

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Capital Punishment – Does the End Justify the Means?

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What does capital punishment seek to establish or achieve? Retribution? Deterrence? The rule of law? There are umpteen extremely effective mechanisms for it. Justice? Tit for Tat? Quid Pro quo? Does capital punishment redound to moral edification? Or betterment of humanity? Isn’t there a better method of punishing the guilty, however heinous their crime, than taking away their lives?

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Capital Punishment – Does the End Justify the Means?

There are days in the annals of a nation when the whole nation is jubilant, as, for instance, when its sovereignty is wrested back from the clutches of an alien power. There are also days when large populations across countries have gloated over someone’s death, as in the cases of Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden and, more recently, the Libyan rebel, Muammar Gaddafi. Twenty-first November 2012 was such a day when it seemed India celebrated its second Diwali of the year: there were bursting of crackers, sharing of sweets, thumping of chests and a sense of elation and relief in many an Indian’s heart. It was a day when India woke up, not with a newspaper but a TV remote in its hands. The occasion: A terse message in everyone’s SMS inboxes: ‘Ajmal Kasab was hanged to death in Pune at 7.30 am.’
The tone of the Press Conference by the Home Minister Shri Sushil Kumar Shinde to confirm the execution was one of personal triumph. Shri RR Patil, Home Minister of Maharashtra during his sombre press announcement referred to it as a “fitting tribute” to the 166 who lost their lives on 26/11. In the harangue that followed, there was talk, inter alia, of ‘justice’ being done and ‘the right message’ being sent!
This brings us to the oft-debated question of Capital Punishment, which is defined as the lawful infliction of death as a punishment. What did Ajmal Kasab’s death actually achieve? Rather, what does capital punishment seek to establish or achieve? Retribution? Deterrence? The rule of law? There are umpteen extremely effective mechanisms for it. Justice? Tit for Tat? Quid Pro quo? Does capital punishment redound to moral edification? Or betterment of humanity? Isn’t there a better method of punishing the guilty, however heinous their crime, than taking away their lives?
Justice? Deterrence?
All of us pray for a just society, a society where justice is given utmost priority. However, when it comes to ourselves, it pinches us and we have a lop-sided view of justice. In a just society everyone has an equal right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. By deliberately denying life and opportunity to others, it is argued, the perpetrators forfeit their own claim to life. Hence, they should be restrained forever so as not to give them a chance for further endangerment. It is often claim that capital punishment acts as deterrence. But, has death penalty ever stopped a crime? Several studies conducted on the deterrence factor have proved that fear of capital punishment hasn’t decreased crime rate. On the contrary, in some cases it has witnessed ...

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