Capital punishment, what’s your say?

Capital punishment, what's your say

Capital punishment is a punishment by death. In today’s world, 36 countries actively practice capital punishment, 103 countries have completely abolished it, 6 have abolished it for ordinary crimes only and around 50 countries have not used it for at least 10 years now.

The four most populous countries in the world i.e China, India, The United States and Indonesia practice capital punishment. However, out of the 15 most developed nations of the world, around 12 countries have abolished this practice.

There arises several questions in my mind regarding capital punishment. Will it ever help in ending the crimes for which it is given? Will hanging of a rapist, ever end rapism? Will executing a terrorist, ever terminate terrorism? I wonder if capital punishment would ever end capital crimes from the roots!

A terrorist who wants to create terror among people, will he ever be terrorised by his own termination? Does it really act as a deterrent anymore? Do people really fear capital punishment.

Another question that comes to my mind is that, have we ever paid attention as to why people commit such crimes! Taking an instance from Kasab’s life, once he asked his father for new clothes on eid, but his father being a poor man couldn’t provide them, which made him angry. It was then, he left his home and got engaged in petty crime with his friend, moving on to armed robbery. That’s how one day they got into contact with Lashkar-e-Taiba.

So what was it, terrorism or poverty, which resulted in 2008 Mumbai attacks?

What Kasab did, will never be justified but its important to understand that why he did so! Yes, we can surely think of punishments which can actually transform a person and make him/her a better human being in life.

No one is born criminal but is made one. Even the innocent can be made into terrorist. Kasab’s life is one of the many examples of this.

The UN estimates that 2.1 million children die before reaching the age of 5 every year- 4 every minute, mostly from preventable illness such as diarrhoea, typhoid and so on. Who is responsible for these deaths? Have they been hanged as well for the deaths of these innocent poor kids?

Capital punishment will surely end criminals but I really doubt if it will ever end crime.

No one is born bad, its his circumstances, hardships that force him to take wrong paths. Also some of the terrorists end up becoming a tool in the hands of political or religious leaders.

Poverty, unemployment, malnutrition, social and economic inequality are some of the many reasons behind various crimes. So, what should we focus on- prospering people or terminating people?

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