LIFE FOR LIFE ??

With the soaring rates of crimes happening in Sri Lanka capital punishment is back in scene. The most recent of all, the four year old girl in Kotadeniyawa been raped and killed created much controversy around the island. Capital punishment as most of us are aware is execution by death. Though this is legalized procedure in Sri Lanka no one has been hanged, put on electric chair for more than ten years.

True enough, capital punishment is the worst denial of human rights because no one has the right to take up the life of another. Yet, the present context puts out this argument quite out of place. Don’t you personally think that the people takes the lives of others for granted should truly be punished? And what right does a person have to kill or rape another person for personal satisfaction and gain? Should the innocent children, women fall prey for the uncontrolled emotions of such men?  Truly the argument is quite critical.

Capital punishment is a common practice in countries like America, china, South Korea, Sudan and Saudi Arabia, why not Sri Lanka?  It is now the time to reflect on this fact. Are we as a country trying to secure the image of “humanism” to the world or are we white washing our own faults?  Raising public awareness about such political practices is actually a good thing and we as a country must take the best approach. Practicing capital punishment to the gravest of crimes can be a good solution as long as it make sure that this does not become a political weapon.

Thus it is evident that the problem requires a rapid answer and controversy whether to agree upon it or not wouldn’t do much. Though it may seem very inhumane to take up the life of another denying his right to live the increasing number of crimes makes capital punishment quite a need in this very inhumane, insensitive society.

Are we or are we not ready to sacrifice more lives?

So sit back think whether you are sensitive enough to feel foe another, whether you are worth to be called human!!

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Thamasha Walgama

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