Every now and then, Mauritian politicians seem to feel the need to shout for Death Penalty.
To me, this is just further evidence (if ever it was required) of their lack of arguments or solution to tackle criminality. Anyway it seems to be successful in appeasing the populace that is eager for blood. So why should they stop?
I’m not going to start listing the arguments for and against death penalty: just ask any A-Level English (GP) student and he/she probably has an essay ready to dish out for you.
My opinion on the subject is depicted in the above picture and it sums it all.
So no arguments for and against?
What’s the role of Law in a country? According to me (who is not a lawyer), it’s to dictate what is considered to be bad conduct as different people seem to have different opinions on what is “bad” or will just pretend not knowing that “it” was bad.
Eventually, when someone breaks these laws, the latter has to face a certain penalty. For minor offenses, it’s most likely a fine (I hope and suppose)and, for more serious offenses, it will be a jail sentence.
So why do we need to imprison people? The reason should be according to me to protect the society from them, show that crime does not pay and, also to show to society that the bad guy is being punished. The latter is just for the sake of a human feeling called revenge yet it’s nevertheless very important as else people would start killing each other for revenge until whole families are decimated.
So why is not imprisoning someone enough? Why do politicians call for Death Penalty instead of Life imprisonment without any chance of release. I think both are equivalent deterrents and in both cases the society is no longer threatened because of a dangerous individual.
I can see only one reason, it’s our lust for blood!