Should we abolish Death Penalty?

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With the death sentence for Yakub Memon, one of the prime accused in the 1993 bomb blast case, followed the mercy petition by some; which was heavily criticised by most Indians. What followed (as expected) was the debate on various news channels and on twitter. The Yakub Memon reference ends here. I am just trying to explore whether we should have death penalty.

Going through the tweets and some columns here are the arguments for both the sides:

Arguments Against Death Penalty

  1. We shouldn’t be taking away a human life: Irrespective of the crime committed we don’t have any moral right to take away a human life.
  2. Sentencing  innocent to death : Sentencing someone to death when facts may later prove him or her innocent means a BIG INJUSTICE which can never be repaired/compensated.
  3. Death is never a deterrent: If we look at the statistics of crimes committed in the country and the number of people executed in any decade there are no substantial evidence whether the death sentence deters other criminals from committing similar crimes.
  4. Retribution should never be the aim: While seeking justice, retribution or vengeance should not be the motive. Vengeance and justice are two different things. So an eye for an eye; a life for life kind of logic is not justifiable.
  5. In publicised cases there are chances of bias: In more publicised cases, due to public and media pressure there is always a possibility of bias against the accused; thus denying his right of free trial.

Arguments For Death Penalty

  1. No fundamental right is without riders: Right to free speech, property, faith or any other right are not without riders. Riders being that they don’t violate other person’s right. Similarly most of the death convicts (If not all) are the people who have violated others fundamental right to live freely. So the death convict’s fundamental right to live should also have similar riders.
  2. Is only human life precious?: This is primarily just a counter statement for the people who are against the death penalty. What makes the human life so precious? Aren’t the life of other animals/living beings as precious as humans? After all killing those living beings also cause varied climatic calamities/food chain disturbances.
  3. Democracy provides fair trial: Almost all democratic countries do offer fair trial for both the parties involved in legal cases. Especiallly in India where we have lots of provisions of appeals and revision petitions.
  4. Death Penalty is given in only rarest of rare cases: As of date 171 criminals have been executed in Independent India (as per wikipedia), thereby reinforcing the fact that death penalty is given only in rarest of rare cases in India.
  5. Which penalty is a deterrent?: Another counter argument. If death penalty is not a deterrent then we should find another penalty which will demotivate criminals from committing such crimes. The next harsh penalty is a life term. But if a death penalty is not working in this category will life term be effective?
  6. The convict can be responsible for killings in future: If a terror mastermind is captured and instead of a death sentence is awarded with a life term; and a terror outfit, with whom the culprit may be affiliated, creates a hostage situation then it presents more problems and more importantly can result in more innocent killings.

My Opinion

There are many strong points on both sides which can not be neglected. The death penalty, in my opinion, should be retained until we find a better punishment for the criminal which will also serve as a deterrent for other criminals from committing the same/similar acts. Abolishing death penalty without strengthening the law and alternate better viable option can be more damaging to the society. Having said that death penalty should be used sparingly for rarest of the rare cases (which I think is the case in our country and should be continued).

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Dhanyavad Sarkar

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“Even my 11 year old can drive a bicycle; and you still can’t?” went my uncle. Commenting on my inability to drive any 2 wheeler present on this planet. Its been 23 long years stay of mine on this planet and I am still unable to drive even a bicycle!!! Nowadays even I have started taking pity at myself for the same.

Since I never really could drive a bicycle I never tried out any bike out of fear. Maybe I need a Mountain Dew (Darr ke aage jeet hain 😛 🙂 No need to thanks me Mountain Dew for this free of cost publicity ;)) whenever I try to learn to drive a bike. Or maybe I should directly try learning to drive a 4 wheeler.

When everyone including myself couldn’t make me feel myself better against this inability to drive a bike, our government did something that made me feel better. Hiking the price of petrol (by Rs7.50!!!). Suddenly my inability turns a blessing in disguise and my preference of walking or taking public transport every time a better option. And to those who oppose this price hike, this is the best way to support our environment 😉 😛

Holier than cow – Indian Express

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I was just reading this article and I felt like sharing it just because its so aptly written and the criticism in it is constructive.

Holier than cow – Indian Express.

Will we now be corruption free?

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So Anna Hazare and all his follower’s struggle finally brought some good result with government agreeing to strong Lokpal bill and the whole nation has been overjoyed since. But the interesting question I was thinking is will this stop corruption? After thinking a lot I always come to one conclusion and that is NO.

Lokpal Bill was always about investigating corruption charges, if I am not wrong; thereby it becomes one of the means to bring the  culprits to punishment. Corruption is deep into our organization and hence we needed a strong Lokpal bill. Even Anna and team kept mentioning that this is one step towards controlling corruption. So what next?

As always it has to be started from ME. It was like this, it is like this and it will always be like this. You have to decline bribe, neither should you bribe anyone. I think we can achieve this. From the fact that so many people supported Anna I assume many of us have done it when it seemed the only option. So if we can opt for the difficult option i.e. without paying bribe then we should go with it. Its the only way in controlling the corruption.

 

Something to ponder

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Venue: Jalgaon Junction Railway Platform

At about 9:30 am Bhusawal – Surat passenger arrives at Jalgaon station. A group of 5-6 ladies get down at the station. The ticket collector approaches them and ask them for their tickets. They had none. Now what did the ticket collector did, I really didn’t know. But some facts to consider.

Distance between Jalgaon-Bhusawal is 25 km.

Fare of a passenger train is Rs.4.

What a facility it is for the citizens but still people find it really painstaking to buy a ticket to travel in a train. And then keep commenting what kind of political leaders we have……creating one scam after another. But what about us, ourselves? It is really something to ponder…..

Our Next-Gen Leaders

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We always like to look at the future with a little hope that it would be better than the present, atleast a tad better. But what if our so called ‘next-gen leaders’ themselves show that it won’t be the case?

Well this is about Aditya Thackeray, son of Shiv Sena leader Uddhav Thackeray. He had forced the Mumbai University to discontinue Rohinton Mistry’s ‘Such A Long Journey‘ from its English literature syllabus just in the middle of term. Okay I won’t say much about it. Just noting down a passage right from a news daily ‘Mumbai Mirror’ (dated October 13, 2010).

Reading the offending passages in ‘Such A long Journey’, he told the Indian Express on Tuesday, “was enough to give (one) goosebumps.”

When Mumbai Mirror reporter Anand Holla had asked him last fortnight whether he’d read the book, Aditya texted him : ” We didn’t have the book, Anandji, so I haven’t read it, but many students tol me about it.” To get goose bumps with such a second-hand account, young Thackeray must have an extraordinarily sensitive epidermis.

Now I am not saying whether the book should be banned or not as I haven’t read the book and honestly I don’t have an idea what the book is about. But my point is why he took such an extreme step without even confirming whether the book is really offending to anyone? Maybe he atleast from next time verify his facts before taking any such action.

Happy Republic Day

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Here comes the day when we celebrate the birth of the largest democracy and the Indian constitution. Today we celebrate 61st republic day. Happy republic day to my Indian brothers and sisters.

One request that I have for my Indian brothers – lets forget whatever problem we had in past until now and live in peace without posing any problems to anyone. JAI HIND!

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