Pros of Capital Punishment
Capital punishment according to Phil .B, (2006), refers to a death penalty by the government of a country to a person who is found guilty of serious crimes like homicide, rape among others. Capital punishment has been a way of punishing people for many years. It has been prevalent in the United States, Asia and Middle Eastern countries. During the past two centuries many reforms on capital punishment have been made and it has been abolished in some states and countries. Executions, beheading, hanging, electrocution and lethal injection are some of the ways in which capital punishment is administered in different countries. Life imprisonment without parole has also been widely used and considered instead of death penalty.
According to Naik , (2010), different people, nations and religions have different opinions regarding capital punishment. There are people who support it while there are others who regard it as inhumane and as an immoral act that is against the values of humanity. The debate on the issue of capital punishment (death penalty) goes on as it is hard to have all people agree on whether it is ethical and justifiable or not. People who support capital punishment have regarded it as a way of deterring crime while those against it say that it just lowers the morals of a government but does not deter crime.
One of the purposes of governments is to ensure democracy and justice in a country. Capital punishment offers an appropriate punishment to those who commit murder. To be fair and just the punishment of a crime should equal the crime that is “an eye for an eye” justice. Surely, there would be no other punishment other than death for a murderer. According to Naik, (2010), capital punishment for a murderer is a way of revenging for the suffering inflicted on the victim and his family. Killing such a person is the only way in which the relatives and family of the victim would feel like justice has been administered.
Witnessing the criminal offender serve a death penalty serves as a closure to the relatives and families of the victim. It is the final act that can be hoped to give peace of mind and the consolation of knowing that the offender is permanently gone. Those who claim that it is against humanity and human rights to live should also consider the human right to live of the victim and not of the criminal only. Both the victim and the criminal are human beings and so both have rights to live. One who violates that fundamental human right deserves to get the most extreme punishment that can avenge for his actions. Some crimes like rape and sodomy are so horrific that retribution or revenge is the only logical and appropriate punishment. As a matter of fact, even death penalty for criminal murderers is not equal to their crimes. At least they get to have their last wishes and say their last words something that the victims do not get. They also get the chance to prepare for death mentally unlike their...