Should the Death Penalty be imposed on Habitual Perpetrators of Cold Blooded Preplanned Murders Not Only By Hanging But By The Same Method By Which The Murderer Killed His Victim?(72)

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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 should be sentenced to death 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’! 

The present form of justice in India, especially in relation to Juvenile criminals, is so lenient, to the point of being Perverse’ that leave alone ‘Taking the Criminal’s Eye               in return For his Victim’s Eye’, our Courts are so over solicitous towards the Criminal that they set him free with trivial punishment and a new identity ‘to protect him’, though at this time of his release, he is much above the JuvenileAge limit of 18 years, so setting him free with virtually no punishment for his heinous crime is like giving him the opportunity to ‘Take the Other Eye of His Victim In Addition To The First Eye’! (That is, ‘Make a Christ of His Victim’and the Lawyer who fought the victim’s case!) Hence the Judges and Legal Personnel of This Misogynist Society, pampering rapist and murderous males, are like           the pro-Kaurava Elders in Dhritarashtra’s Court(Durbar) who ‘watched and condoned’ the Stripping of Draupadi before the full Court by Dusshasana,at the behest of Duryodhana, shamelessly!

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 brutal or torturesome way, by making Killing or elimination of 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 for 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 Death by Hanging or Life imprisonment, even rigorous, has that effect on habitual, hardened rapist-murderers and terrorists, for whom only the ‘Tit for Tat’ type of death penalty- intended not only to punish the habitual criminal or terrorist, but also to remove the menace from society and intimidating other like minded persons,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!

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  1. Mam you may be correct logically but practically it’s illogical. If a person kills his or her victim with a knife, who would like to kill the culprit with a knife? May be the judiciary department have to perform violence to do so. What if the accused is not guilty? The people’s belief in judiciary system would increase or would they feel frighten to come near by the system for justice? The judiciary system must be honest, in favour of humanity and should do justice with a blind fold irrespective of religion, caste and status. In my view life time imprisonment is one of the best justice. However it’s looks simple but it’s very tough punishment. Imagine yourself being jailed living in a room with no facilities, no entertainment and nothing extra. I think whatever rules are there, are there for reasons. Yes we feel disappointed when we hear about a brutal crime on an innocent and we feel the same should happen with criminal. But bottom line is we are humans and not animals like criminals.

    • That is the problem with the Indian concept of justice. We are focussed on the rights of criminals and over solicitous about justice to them than to the victims of crime. That is why more and more aggrieved people who are the relatives of the murder victim, are taking law in their hands, because our Law is Impotent or too lenient to chasten wrongdoers. The US is also against the Death Penalty, but there, the penalty of Life Imprisonment is literally for the entire remaining life, and not for some 20 years or so, amenable to reduction! Also, it is Rigorous imprisonment, enough to make the criminal repent and to deter him and other people from committing crimes, not pampering the brutal criminal like the main juvenile criminal of the Nirbhaya gangrape case in India, who has ceased being a Juvenile long since, but is still being allowed to enjoy drawing etc. in the Juvenile Delinquent Home! This is Indian Justice-‘Just Ice'(Thanda Vyavahar)! or a ‘Joke’ for criminals. Indeed, it is easier for a criminal to get justice in India than for the victims of crime and their relatives, unless the latter are wealthy and influential. Hence, I believe in Death Sentence for hardened criminals, particularly
      Murderers or those who inflict grievous injuries on their victims, which lead to a torturesome death and terrorists, as the latter often manage to escape from jail, or pressurise the Government to
      release them by holding some important people as hostages!
      However,I too agree that an exactly retributive form of punishment or justice is not possible, because it is impractical even though it might be theoretically logical. For besides the emotional resistance that it may meet with from the executors of such a Death Penalty-
      as you say – on the grounds of humanity, it would not be feasible to recreate the entire circumstances and factors for such execution as they were at the time of the actual murder, like setting up a stage for repeat enacting of the actual criminal drama!

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