Vatican officials oppose death penalty in disregard to church tradition. That has influence on other bishops. One official went so far as to say people who want death penalty for murder are like those who shouted “Kill him.” about Jesus in front of Pilate. The official could not have been more wrong.
First of all it is perverse to compare Jesus to a murderer. Jesus was not a murderer and he was not facing any charge of murder. His enemies had accused him of calling himself the king of the Jews. Pilate knew Jesus was innocent.
Secondly there was the custom of releasing a prisoner during Paschal time. Pilate offered the Jews a choice between Barabbas who was a murderer and Jesus. Barabbas was a murderer. Pilate hoped people will ask for release of Jesus. The Jews instigated by chief priests and Jewish officials wanted the release of Barabbas. When Pilate asked what shall I do with Jesus they shouted “Crucify him.” They did not shout “Kill him.”
Vatican officials who do not want death penalty for murderers are like the Jews who wanted the release of Barabbas. They are white washed tombs, hypocrites and a brood of vipers. They have eyes but do not see the sufferings caused by murders. They have ears but do not hear the cries of people who suffer due to murders. For them murderers are human beings, victims do not matter. There is nothing modern about opposition to death penalty. It was there centuries before and St. Thomas Aquinas had justified death penalty.
Murder is murder whoever commits it for whatever reason. Murder does not become honour killing because murderers think a marriage was against the honour of family or community.
Many times people in media talk of honour killings. They persist even after they are told that they are murders.
One anchor once said that there is no law against honour killings. There are laws against murder, conspiracy to murder and abetment to murder. They are enough. There is no need to categorise some murders as honour killings and have separate law for them. There is death penalty for murder and no punishment is higher than that. It is a different matter that death penalty is given in rarest of rare cases and presidents do not reject mercy petitions.
People in media should call these murders what they are and stop referring to them as honour killings.
It is said that Law Ministry is considering bringing a law against honour killings. There is no need for such a law. Law Ministry should consider bringing a law that makes death penalty obligatory for every murder.
For years murderers of couples who fell in love and married escaped punishment due to lack of evidence and witnesses did not come forward. Now some have got death penalty and khap panchayats of Haryana want to change the law to ban marriage within clans or villages. They have got some political support. Some who are not known to be scientific minded went on to defend khap panchayats saying the marriages sought to be banned are scientifically and medically wrong.
It is a pity that Navin Jindal, Congress MP from Kurukshetra, agreed to be the post man of khap panchayats. His party did not agree with khap panchayats’ demands.
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