Justice is the administering of the reward or punishment for an act committed by an individual. However, in fact, it is a legal revenge. If somebody hurts us, we want to hurt him and many times, we do it ourselves but most of the time, we go to the police to report the matter and lodge an FIR for seeking justice in a Court of Law.
However, if we fail to get justice from the Court, then we seek divine justice that God would punish the person who hurt us. In fact, we want blood for blood and an eye for an eye. We are seldom compassionate in this regard and are ready to pardon the perpetrator of the crime against us.
However, as Gandhi ji pointed out an eye for an eye would leave the whole world
blind. But even Gandhi ji was far off the mark. Generally criminal cases are not reported for the fear in victim's mind of the criminal, then in many cases, FIRs are not registered and finally when FIRs are registered, many cases are closed as the criminals involved in the crime could not be found and finally when the matter is taken up in the Court, the conviction rate is very less generally 30%. So, generally we cannot seek even our legal revenge.
Then we pray for divine intervention but God seldom helps us. So, we hope that in the next birth, the criminal would get punished. What a funny idea born out of our helplessness at seeking revenge?! However, if we pardon the criminal and forgive and forget, would we not feel more happy. After all, if somebody kills my child, I am not going to get my child back even if that somebody is hanged.
However, some people say that legal punishment would act as a deterrent against such crimes. But as we have seen in the Nirbhaya case, the number of rape cases have not come down even after death sentence was delivered by the High Court to the rapists. So, I finally have come to the conclusion that it would best to forgive and forget although it is easier said than done. However, at least death penalty could be stopped. After all, revenge whether legal or illegal is not a good thing.
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