Friday, September 05, 2014

DEATH PENALTY

The issue of Death Penalty has again come to fore. The matter of killing someone for having killed or markedly victimized somebody else has become a “back and forth”, an “on and off” practice in this Country. There is really nothing “black or white” about the intrinsic evil of Death Penalty, it does not necessarily follow that all criminals will be all around. And when the law of Death Penalty is on, it is neither certain that no heinous crimes would be committed at all. In other words, a deadly law does not necessarily prevent deadly crimes. This is a well-established objective truth in the past and modern history of this Country in particular. In other words, Death Penalty is definitely not an automatic deadly crime prevention means.

What then?

a. Get rid of the usual causes of heinous crimes – such as the ready availability of drugs and alcohol, the open promotion of gambling and carnal vices, the prevalence not only of poverty but also of misery.

b. Have a Police Force – plus their allied agents – that is really well-trained and disciplined, that is beyond suspicion and sufficient in number, that is a familiar neighborhood figure in terms of their protective presence.

c. Put up a Justice System that works, that works well, that works without friends or foes and that works fast and credibly – over and above all political considerations, monetary benefits, promissory promotion.

Why?
a. “You shall not kill” is definite and defined in the sense that taking the life of someone has no excuse except to protect one’s own in self-defense.

b.T he State has not given life to anyone at anytime and in any occasion. So it has neither the right to take the life of someone by Death Penalty.

c. The penalty of Life Imprisonment for a proven heinous crime committed is just and proper so that the criminal is made to lament, to repent, to convert accordingly.

Just as no one has given life to himself, neither has he the right to take it by himself through any means such as by suicide nor has the State the right to kill him for a given crime. And if later on – due to human fallibility, even on the Highest Court in the land – it is found out that the one killed is not really guilty of the heinous act he was accused of, the State is absolutely in no position to take away the life it has precisely taken away.