MOHAMED PANCHBHAYA 11L
Should Capital Punishment be re – introduced?
Capital punishment is the legal execution of individuals who have been judged to have committed a serious crime. It was abolished in 1963 after Ruth Ellis was hanged for committing a crime of passion, this execution created a public outcry because it was felt that she had endured an injustice trial. This is still a controversial issue which provokes a lot of debate. M.P’s have consistently voted against the re – introduction of the death penalty, 13 times in total because they believe that we as members of a civilised society should not revert to such an atrocious method of punishment. However, I am in favour of it’s re – introduction due to the staggering increase of atrocities committed in our society since its abolition.
Nowadays if you switch on the television, radio or read the newspaper, or just reflect on the previous night’s news, the amount of children who have been made to meet their destiny through brutal measures arouses great sympathy. We as members of an advanced society together should without doubt put a stop to this. The only way to put an end to the record number of crimes being committed is to resurrect the only effective deterrent ever known; the legalised method of death. The opposition may argue that by executing the murderer, the punisher is just as evil as the criminal himself, but if a doctor was to remove the hand of a patient because it was infecting the rest of the body, then would you categorize him as evil and ‘blood thirsty’? Similarly by re – establishing the death penalty, punishers are removing the ‘scum’ who are infecting the rest of society.