Ethics and Integrity – Answer Writing Challenge – 39

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12 September 2014

1) A criminal who is convicted and awarded death sentence for raping and murdering five girls, minutes before his hanging, anxiously asks a jail official if getting hanged is painful. The official tells him that it is not as painful as getting raped and murdered. The convict is hanged as per the procedure.

What ethical issues do you see in this scenario? Critically examine various arguments for and against capital punishment. (250 Words)