Hanging or capital punishment should be seen as an outdated tool which has lost its relevance and power in today’s world. If it was meant to be a deterrent for the few disrupting the society from the times, or even before, of Christ the purpose is lost today. This method which has endured till date, even with changing regimes over the numerous years since its acceptance, is now meant for those cases casted under the expression ‘rarest of the rare’, which in itself is no rare occurrence nowadays if one is to judge by the reports making it to the front pages of our dailies.
Hanging – the method embodies barbarism, but at the same time is meant for the barbaric so as to deter the rest from becoming so. The idea was to instill fear in the hearts, just like sowing a seed. The fear of this ultimate punishment awaiting you should dissuade anyone from committing such a crime. But how impractical that is today, is the crux of it which the law makers should acquaint themselves more. The law breakers have galloped on and none of these sporadic incidents of so called penultimate punishment will ever deter them.
One of the many reasons for that; is probably the sheer power of the enviously desirable pleasure, glory or fame which instigates them to commit the wrongdoing. They are not the result of a momentous spur or impulse. All these heinous crimes are pre planned and well executed. That attitude is something to think about; in terms of where, we as a ‘civilized’ society are progressing. And such a categorical punishment, supposed to be the severest, meant for the rarest of rare cases, has been planned for execution after a long 20 years! A crime committed while I was in my 1st Std is still pending to be addressed even as I am completing my third year of work life after graduation, followed by a post graduation. That is a lifetime for many, especially for the ones who are seeking an improvident vicious today. What a dreadful lot of time wasted, if it was meant as a punishment deemed to be a deterrent.
The irony of it is, those next in line attempting a crime of similar proportion are never going to be distracted by a judgement, so ineffective or a time lag like this. And as in this case a ruling according to which the punishment to be executed in a span of 10 days from now was upturned by mere political pressure and that too in a case where a request for relief from the judgement by the guilty was turned down the supreme head of this country. This, a typical example of how the vote bank politics can rewrite many, if not all, in our democratic country!
It’s high time the system is changed for the better. We need judicial reforms, much stronger laws which need to be implemented effectively. When I say it should be effective it means a punishment termed as rigorous imprisonment should do justice to the literary meaning of that phrase. Not the example of today where an ex-minister found guilty of corruption and termed for one year rigorous imprisonment, has been provided a TV and a cot with mattress in his ‘small apartment’ in jail and just halfway through his term, was even able to manage his way out on parole thrice amounting to more than 90 days, in this time period itself.
Court proceedings and judgements should expedite otherwise the law itself is provisioning the luxury, of time, to these peace breakers thereby prompting many more. Let us not facilitate them to make a mockery of our well conceived constitution and judiciary. We do not need a 20 yr later capital punishment to instill fear in the wrong doers, but rather adopting these stronger fundamentals and executing them appropriately will do more good to our society in future.