The Dilemma of the Death Penalty

by hasagani95 on Septembre 16, 2013 - 12:15am


I chose the article “Prosecutors Seek Death Penalty in India Rape Case” published in the NY times by Ellen Barry because the subject that is raised consists of an important ethical issue about the capital punishment. Also, the fact that it was a gang rape and a murder of a student caught my attention because this is one of the most despicable crimes. The fact that the victim was only 4 years older than I am also brought me to learn this case more in depth. It helped me to relate to her and to imagine the pain her loved ones were going through. The article mainly focuses on if the death penalty should be applied or not.

The question that is raised is the following. Should the death penalty be applied to such dispicable crimes?

In my opinion, the death penalty should not be applied at all, despite how serious the crime is. I do not support this punishment because there have been many cases in the past where the convicts are proved innocent later on and since humans are not perfect, there is no way to confirm that the criminal is guilty of charge. Hence, this error is bound to happen again in the future. Also, I think dying is easier than living a sorrowful, shameful life. Why should they be able to take the easy way out? I think they should live and suffer hard labor. This way, they serve our community and also they are being taught a lesson for what they did. In brief, death penalty should not be applied, no matter how appalling the crime might be.

However, I do understand that many people view death as the ultimate punishment because they want to eliminate criminal offenders from society. People do not want to risk those lawbreakers coming back in to our society after they have done time in prison because sometimes they have not changed one bit. Consequently, they chose the death penalty to scare off people from committing such crimes and to punish those who do.

Should someone be eliminated from this world completely for committing a crime or should they be left in society to understand their mistake?

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