Death Penalty-Right or Wrong


This incident occurred several years back. He was a young Doctor (Physician). He was from a poor family, and due to his intelligence and hard work, he became one of the efficient doctors of that town. He had lot of concern for the poor people and he collected only a minimum amount to treat them.He was living in a small house near to the dispensary, with his wife and six year old daughter. He was very pious, but also a strict disciplinarian. On that fateful midnight, the doctor was in deep sleep. Somebody knocked the door. Disturbed by that the doctor got down from his bed and rushed to the entrance. He thought that somebodywas there seeking his urgent assistance. He opened the door.Three persons were standing there, covering their face with black kerchiefs. As soon as the doctor opened the door they bounced upon him with lengthy knives in their hands.Even before knowing what was happening the doctor was murdered . Hearing his trembling voice his wife rushed to the spot and tried to save him. She was also brutally assaulted and murdered. The culprits escaped from there. Only in the next morning through a milk vendor , the incident came into light. Immediately Police was informed.As a part of my duty I was also accompanied Revenue Divisional Officer for the preliminary enquiry.. The scene I saw there was really heart melting. The doctor and his wife were laying on the ground in a pool of blood. Their six year old daughter was crying, without knowing what to do. Immediately special police forces were formed to nab the criminals and within three days all the culprits were arrested. One of the culprit was an ex employee of the doctor’s dispensary who was dismissed by the doctor on disciplinary grounds. As a revenge to this, with the help of his friends he executed this gruesome murder. The case went to the Court. After lapse offour years the final judgement was given, awarding death sentence to all the three.

Two days ago I gone through a news item in the new papers. A beggar, who boarded in the ladies compartment of a train, snatched the hand bag of a lady and tried to escape. The lady caught hold of him and fought to get back the bag. The beggar pushed the lady from the running train and he also jumped out of the train. The lady who fell down was severely wounded and became unconscious. The beggar came near to her and not even an animal will do that – she raped that lady and murdered her. Now the beggar was also sentenced to death by the court. .

We with our friends discussed about these judgements. Some of my friends opined that death penalty should be abolished saying that murder could not be a punishment for murder. Some other said that what would be the suitable punishment to this type of gruesome murderers, if not death sentence. I could not come to a conclusion.

The scene I saw on that day of murder shadowed in my heart. I was hearing the crying of that six year old innocent daughter of that couple. What happens to the lady in the train brings tears from my eyes even now. I cant come to a conclusion- death penalty justifiable or not. Can you?


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Ana Teixeira 5 years ago from Oporto, Porto, Portugal

Honestly, I think that murder doesn't justify murder. You can't repair the loss of a life with another. The death penalty doesn't solve anything People don't learn from it. The only purpose it might have is that it makes people think twice before doing something. but that's about it. So my opinion is simple.. No death penalty.


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danielleantosz 5 years ago from Florida

In my opinion the risk of putting an innocent person to death is to large. Also, I do not think the death penalty is an effective tool to prevent others from committing crimes.


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feenix 5 years ago

Hello, Renganathan,

First, thank you very much for writing this interesting and thought-provoking post.

Second, even though I am very strict when it comes to matters of law and order, I am dyametrically opposed to the death penalty. And the primary reason why I feel that way is I do NOT believe that human beings should have the authority to determine who deserves to live and who does not.


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Paladin_ 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

I agree with Danielle. The risk of executing an innocent person is just too great. Here in the United States there have already been far too many executions where the punished were later found to be innocent. Of course, ONE is too many.


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Renganathan 5 years ago from Kondhai Author

Thank you all and I accept all your views. But what will be the suitable punishment to these merciless murderers?


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Paladin_ 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

Personally, I happen to believe that execution is a just punishment for those who murder. My problem is that our criminal justice system (in the United States at least) has proven itself to be far too unreliable in determining guilt.

For me, empathy is the very foundation of personal morals. To be a just and moral person, I MUST at least try to put myself in the other person's shoes, and the mere thought of facing execution for a crime I didn't commit is far too horrible to contemplate. I can only imagine the suffering of those who were executed, knowing they were innocent, only to be exonerated later.


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feenix 5 years ago

Personally, I am in favor of "merciless murderers" being confined to dark and filthy dungeons for the rest of their lives and being fed a diet consisting nothing but stale moldy bread and dirty water.


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Paladin_ 5 years ago from Michigan, USA

I apologize, Renganathan. Reading feenix's comments, I just realized I didn't really answer your question. I suppose the best we can do (from my point of view, anyway) is life without parole. Not perfect justice, to be sure.


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Renganathan 5 years ago from Kondhai Author

Thank you feenix and Paladin,

Even death is not a suitable punishment to these murderers. If we have belief in God, we hope He will give them suitable punishment! But we cant support the law to do a murder in the name of justice!


R.Nagarajan 4 years ago

I do not agree to the point of slapping merciless murderers with capital punishment of hanging to death. The guilty that lingers in his mind would certainly kill him inch by inch till he breathes his last naturally. I feel that there is no other punishment equivalent to it in the world


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anathan 9 months ago from Kondhai Hub Author

Thank you feenix and Paladin,

Even death is not a suitable punishment to these murderers. If we have belief in God, we hope He will give them suitable punishment! But we cant support the law to do a murder in the name of justice!

Says renganathan

Actully, God says that we must submit to the law because it is fair and just. If the law says execution is right, then it's right

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