When the juvenile walks free

Today, the juvenile involved in the Delhi gang rape walks free after having served the sentence and people go mad as they want him dead. He was tried and punished according to the existing laws of the land; people who advocate capital punishment for the minor neither stand for democracy nor for the idea that man, specially a minor, can be reformed and hence must be given a second chance. After all, death penalty is simply murder sanctioned by the state. Come on! India is a democracy, not Taliban! These civilized people demanding death penalty for a minor are acting like cowards hiding behind the mask of morality. This minor has become a universally accepted incarnation of evil towards which everyone can point their fingers and say “look, that’s the bad guy”. How come demanding death for a boy makes you the good guy? Does that make you any different than the other five adult murderers? Have you given up on humanity and the hope that a boy can change? Demanding death for a juvenile isn’t justice; it’s revenge, which will only satisfy the collective conscience of the majority! Believe me, many people are good only because they don’t have the stomach to commit the evil. They need such icons of evil to certify their goodness.

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