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Is is proper for citizens to take law into our hands and cruelly punish the culprits irrespective of the magnitude of the crime committed?

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Asked by balaji pv, 25 Feb '08 02:29 pm
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Of course not. We should not take the law in our won hands, because there is a greater fear of miscarriage of justice in case the mobs are allowed to sit in judgement. The level of intelligence of the mob is that of mentally the least endowed person in it. And, as you have rightly said, for the least offence, the culprit might pay with his life. There is an elaborate legal system and while that is necessary, it causes unconscionable delays in delivery of justice. Entry of the lawyers into the system, though essential, the reliance on physical evidence and the protracted legal wrestling match reduces the seriousness of the crime in the minds of the participants of the process. In all this process, the conscience has not place, not a single party to the legal process keeps its conscience awake. The accused, if guilty, knows his guilt, but the process automatically excludes his making a guilty plea, because as soon as it becomes a legal case, he has a process that everyone thinks i ...more
Answered by Suresh Bhave, 25 Feb '08 05:38 pm

 
  
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Cases like Sadhu Yadav should be taken by public.
Answered by Partha Roy, 25 Feb '08 02:51 pm

 
  
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depends on the situation
Answered by Husain Patanwala, 25 Feb '08 03:11 pm

 
  
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What magnitude are we talking about ? Take Nithari killings for example ...What has law done to punish the accused ? Poor children...What has it done in punishing the police officers who were complacent in the case ?

With shortage of quality and honest lawyers ..there is no other way except to take law in our own hands....
Answered by Nana, 25 Feb '08 03:49 pm

 
  
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this is dangerous sign that indicates impotency of law agencies in the state
Answered by thyagarajan mahadevan, 25 Feb '08 02:32 pm

 
  
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it happens if feel law is not working
Answered by dhanendra kumar jain, 25 Feb '08 02:31 pm

 
  
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If we find that law is not being enforced properly and in time, we can assert our right, but not to the extent of cruelly punishing somebody without verifying the facts. That will amount to criminal assaulting, which is a punishable act. In this respect, bihar is topping.
Answered by subramanian narayan, 25 Feb '08 07:06 pm

 
  
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working of law system is slow and sometime criminals saved by their higher contacts and law could not do anything as law proceeds on papers and witnesses and witness got afraid, no body wants unnecessarily puting himself in hactic situations. Thus people took law on hand as fast track judgement, which is also not good for cultural society.
Answered by Ravinder Negi, 25 Feb '08 04:25 pm

 
  
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Yes,If some roudy tries to rape your sister infront of you, if some one tries to snatch your old faters total retirement money,which kept aside to buy a house, land etc,if a terrorist is going to harm to your country(like Kandhahar hijack),If a police is harassing some innocent, If some one adopting cruel method to make a girl child to do prosititution, If some one going to convert your your family memebers, and degrade your culture,language,caste identity then you can take law into your hands. But you also to be ready for the consequences of the law. Which will take action. May be by force of politicians,religious leaders,Human rights activists,International agencies the law will take action on your deeds.
Answered by Ashok Kumar V.K., 01 Mar '08 01:59 pm

 
  
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When everybody thinks like that our democracy will collapse and our country will be like our Neighbors. So have faith to our corrupted judiciary system. I can hope only that onday we will see all the criminal politicains behind the bars.
Answered by soumik Sengupta, 01 Mar '08 11:14 am

 
  
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