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Is death penalty a sufficient deterrent to stop heinous crimes such against women such as rape and gang rape? Critically examine.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

4. Is death penalty a sufficient deterrent to stop heinous crimes such against women such as rape and gang rape? Critically examine. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

The Maharashtra Assembly on Thursday (December 2) passed the Shakti Criminal Laws (Maharashtra Amendment) Act unanimously. With the passage of the Bill, it became the second state in India after Andhra Pradesh to approve death penalty for heinous offences of rape and gangrape.

Key Demand of the question:

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Critically examine – When asked to ‘Examine’, we have to look into the topic (content words) in detail, inspect it, investigate it and establish the key facts and issues related to the topic in question. While doing so we should explain why these facts and issues are important and their implications. When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, one needs to look at the good and bad of the topic and give a fair judgment.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving context.

Body:

First, write about the Problems with death penalty. Emphasises on the fact that punishing rape with death may actually be counterproductive to women’s safety. Substantiate with facts and reports.

Next, Arguments supporting for Death Penalty and how it acts as deterrent. Cite examples from all over the world.

Conclusion:

Conclude by giving a fair and balanced opinion about death penalty.