Skip to main content

The necessity of death penalty & the evil that masquerades as reformation

As we wait for the honourable sessions court to pronounce a judgement on the Mumbai Shakti mills gang rape case, misguided human rights upholders are out in numbers with their usual clarion call, no death penalty!

Pray, what's their logic? Civilised societies do not impose the death penalty. Civilised societies, according to the activists are supposed to work on reformation, and not put people to death. Plus they say the death penalty never acts as a deterrence. Tell you the truth, human rights activists not only do us disservice by calling for the abolition of the death penalty, but also allow for evil to flourish conveniently camouflaged under bogus calls for reformation.

Let me first address the issue of deterrence. I quote (Professor John McAdams from Marquette University), "If we execute murderers and there is in fact no deterrent effect, we have killed a bunch of murderers. If we fail to execute murderers, and doing so would in fact have deterred other murders, we have allowed the killing of a bunch of innocent victims. I would much rather risk the former. This, to me, is not a tough call."

So you see, the supposition of a lack of deterrence is NOT a problem, but the risk of eliminating the possibility of deterrence through the death penalty proves too costly. Its costs innocent lives!

About whether the state has a right to put people to death, of course it does! That is why we have a state. Take wars for example. In wars we require that our armies fight enemies, and kill them in combat. That is why we have armies in the first place. To protect the exercising of our liberty from outsiders who may take it away. Ditto when it comes to the death penalty. We give the state the right to take away lives, so we can have innocent citizens enjoy their liberty, free from fear.

Of course the death penalty must be administered with care, and as the law states, in the rarest of rare cases. Is repeat gang rape the rarest of rare? In my book it is!

You know what that means when it comes to the perpetrators of the heinous Shakti mills gang rape!

To know more about why the death penalty is must visit


Popular posts from this blog

Situational Involvement of Consumers

There are two types of involvement that consumers have with products and services, Situational and Enduring. Situational involvement as the term suggests, occurs only in specificsituations whereas Enduring involvement is continuous and is more permanent in nature.

Decisions to buy umbrellas in India are driven by the onset of Indian monsoon. Monsoon rains arrived in India over the South Andaman Sea on May 10 and over the Kerala coast on May 28, three days ahead of schedule. But then, after a few days of rain, South India is witnessing a spate of dry weather. Temperatures are soaring in the north of India. The Umbrella companies in the state of Kerala are wishing for the skies to open up. So is the farming community and manufacturers of rural consumer products whose product sales depend totally on the farming community. The Met. department has deemed this dry spell as 'not unusual'.

India's monsoon rains have been static over the southern coast since last Tuesday because of a…

Prior Hypothesis Bias

Prior Hypothesis bias refers to the fact that decision makers who have strong prior beliefs about the relationship between two variables tend to make decisions on the basis of those beliefs, even when presented with the evidence that their beliefs are wrong. Moreover, they tend to use and seek information that is consistent with their prior beliefs, while ignoring information that contradicts these beliefs.

From a strategic perspective, a CEO who has a strong prior belief that a certain strategy makes sense might continue to pursue that strategy, despite evidence that it is inappropriate or failing.

Ref : Strategic Management : An Integrated Approach, 6e, Charles W L Hill, Gareth R Jones

Wearing Cuba means Walking Cuba

There's something ethereal about wearing 'Cuba'. Suddenly its the streets of Havana, smoke filled and lit by the groovin', more than the lights. The bars are packed to hilt and dreamy women seem to glide by. The feeling's beyond magical.

How did I get there?

Before I explain, I gotta tell you about the power of brands to take you places. Brands bring with them an ability to prompt you to conjure up the unreal. They can transform your reality into fantasy. And consumers are more than willing partners to brands as the drudgery they face in everyday life begs an injection of fantasy. Brands that operate in a zone of the unreal do the conjuring act as there's nothing else that consumers can call for, while making judgements. For instance, what should I be judging the lip paint on? Its colour and tone or its ability to turn me into a diva?

Cuba's a perfume. The moment I wear it, I am traipsing the streets of Havana. Its smoke filled bars I see. Its music I hear and…