Opponents of the Death Penalty make the misplaced plea for sparing even habitual and cold blooded murderers of it in the name of Humanity,which they do not deserve. Actually, Death by Hanging is too little and lenient a punishment for such unscrupulous and brutal criminals, who often torture their victims before killing them.
Logically, habitual and brutal criminals in the same way in which they have killed their victim. For example, if someone kills his or her victim by burning, he or she should be sentenced to death by burning at the stake. Or if he or she murders someone by poisoning, the criminal should also be put to death by administering the same poison to him or her. So Nirbhaya’s rapist killers should have sticks tearing into their entrails until they become moribund but not killed directly; instead, leaving them to die on their own without help as they did with Nirbhaya, just for their perverse idea of enjoyment. Many protagonists of Humanity would oppose this idea on the grounds that it is like taking ‘An Eye for an Eye’,that is, ‘Legal Revenge’, but it is not so. The purpose of this suggestion is to make criminal minded people realise and feel for themselves how the victim may have felt like while dying the brutal death, that is, drive in the principle of ‘Do as you would be done by’!
Perhaps, if criminals were brought to understand that if caught and convicted for such gruesome murders, they too would have to go the same way,it might happen that those persons who commit murders not in the heat of passion or on momentary impulse, but in cold blood after preplanning, might plan to kill their victims in a less, or not at all, brutal or torturesome way, by making killing and eliminating an unwanted or troublesome person their aim rather than torturing him or her before dying, e.g. by Barbiturate poisoning, viz. putting the victim to a sound, permanent sleep, without subjecting the person to suffering by bodily pain or by mental agony of the dreadful knowledge of the death that is going to descend upon him/her, which would be more humane than butchering or burning the victim!
I know this idea will never materialise, but it’s just a passing satirical ‘Food for Thought’! The real point is that the legal punishment for Preplanned murders committed in cold blood and following extreme torture to the victim/s should be severe enough to make criminals and terrorists regret their act and have a deterrent effect on others, and I doubt that life imprisonment, even rigorous, has that effect on habitual hardened rapist-murderers and terrorists, for whom only the death penalty- intended not only to punish the habitual criminal or terrorist, but also to remove the menace from society- is the proper penalty. For such persons are very clever at manoeuvring to get out of jail, either by escape by digging secret underground tunnels below their cell floors, or by blackmail by inducing abduction of some important person or his relatives to demand his release through his terrorist organisation.