October 10 is an important day, for it has three observances that make for intense societal debates – World Day Against the Death Penalty – World Mental Health Day – World Homeless Day – the scourges of our organized societies – the results of our organized societies.
Abolishing death sentence is a raging debate the world over including India. According to Amnesty International, 2015, with 1634 executions, was the deadliest year on gallows since 1989. In its report, Amnesty says the figure is from some 25 countries and it could go up to 2000.
What does it say?
Do crimes and criminals have increased in our societies or societies are becoming more tough and hardened on criminals?
There will always be proponents and opponents and mere statistics cannot define it. If a victim demands death penalty for the perpetrator, we cannot go and tell him that he is wrong. It will be immoral. Similarly, an activist who demands that death penalty be abolished, is also correct in his approach. A wrong can never be answered by another wrong. So, even if someone has taken away someone’s life, we do not have any right to do the same to him.
This dichotomy will last till human civilization is here.