Sunday, January 6, 2008

Execution should not be Publicized

By Sudipa Sarkar
Whether execution should be publicized through direct media is one of the most debatable issues that come into the pace of moral arguments in today’s modern industrialized society. While in 21st century the death penalty itself draws attention of masses of civilized nations to speak against it considering the cruelty and inhumanity, I think, at this point, public execution is not at all justified in any context.

As long as my opinion is concerned, I do not find any strong reason to publicize execution just to ensure the price of justice in such a social framework, which is, in time, proved that even a large proportion of people sentenced to death are, indeed, innocent. Moreover, there seems no understandable logic which may support the idea to publicize executions in front of such a society, which is already so much unstable in nature and vulnerable to violence. And also, human system is made in such a way that when something becomes very familiar to us, it hardly affects our mind. Say, for example, if we are allowed to observe execution publicly in every other day, it doesn’t necessarily add any extra conscience to our soul, rather, depleting our values to further by emphasizing it a natural issue to take any life against a good reason.

Being an escort to one’s unwanted death, it seems we employ all our valuable energy into finding out the details of the person in question and forget our own stand as a being. As for example, the case of Rainey Bethea, the last public execution in America, was hanged on August 14, 1936, became an object of interest to us so much in a way that we are still concerned about what he had took in his last meal rather than justifying the cause of maladaptive deviation in his behavior-action pattern, which is so cruelly inhuman! And nonetheless to say that if execution has become public, the first and foremost affected factor of the society would be children, because their mind is so susceptible to violence that it would never allow them to consider any other perspective of the event, say, legal ethics of killing a killer, for example, rather than the violence of the ‘execution’ itself. And as per child psychology affirms that a child carry an everlasting impact of any kind of odd experiences influencing throughout his life.

I sincerely like to emphasize on the fact that to be a witness of a person dying without his own will cannot relay any message to the society as well as to the world as such, which would, in turn, cannot provide a good long-term benefit as well. And as per as humanity concerns, it can never support any kind of brutality, whichever forms it takes, as human soul are made of divine entity since its birth, and thus, not intended for any kind of devaluation of morality and civilization.
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