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InsightsIAS Ethics 70 Days Plan – Day 35

InsightsIAS Ethics 70 Days Plan 

Day 35

Case study 1

You are working as Home Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs. During your tenure, you have acted toughly against anti-national elements including many banned terrorist organizations. While on a private trip, you have been abducted by terrorists belonging to a banned terrorist group. They have demanded the release of all the terrorists jailed in different parts of the country in exchange for your safe release, failing which you will be killed. They are asking you to record a video message for the government appealing them to release all the prisoners for your own safe release.  They have given an ultimatum of one week for the government to respond, failing which your video message would be sent as last resort for the government to act.

1) Examine the ethical issues involved in the above case study.

2) Will you record a video statement as demanded by them to influence the government? Explain why.


Case study 2

You are serving as Superintendent of Police (SP) in a district notorious for kidnapping cases. In one such kidnapping case, ten school girls have been kidnapped and hidden in an unknown place. In previous cases, where one or two girls were kidnapped, they were sold to prostitution racquet in a foreign country. Your team, under your guidance tracks the kingpin of these kidnappings and arrests him. During routine interrogation, the arrested kingpin do not reveal any location names nor does he talk about anything related to kidnappings. Your sources clearly tell you that he is the one behind all kidnappings. Even after using all legal methods to get information from him, your efforts have not yielded any result. Your friend, who is an SP in another district suggests you to torture the kingpin to get information. You are aware of the situation that the girls might be sold and trafficked to a foreign country if you further delay investigation.


What will you do in such a situation? Is it ethical to torture a person to save other innocent lives? Critically comment. (200 Words)