"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, May 05, 2017

Brutal, Barbaric, and Diabolic

No, the title of this post is not quoting Mr. Shea describing the death penalty. It's actually quoting some judges in India affirming the death penalty in a vile rape, disembowelment, murder case:
India's Supreme Court has upheld the death penalty for four gang rape convicts found guilty of sexually assaulting a 23-year-old paramedic who later died from her horrific injuries. Calling the December 2012 incident "brutal, barbaric, and diabolic", the top court said if any case warrants the death penalty, it is this one, rejecting the men's appeal against their sentences. 
It caught my eye for two reasons. First, it comes from India, which still has the death penalty. I found this interesting because Mr. Shea has repeatedly claimed that American recourse to capital punishment places us in a very shameful group of nations such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, and Islamic countries. But in fact, we’re also  in a group of nations not so easily dismissed as
primitive, barbaric, Islamic, or Communist. I think Japan, India, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Belize, St. Lucia, Jordan, and the UAE are not as easily be pigeon-holed.

 The second reason I found the article interesting is that the crime: rape, disemboweling, and murder, was horrendous and aggravated, as described by the court:
"She [the victim] was reduced to an object for their gross sadistic pleasures. They played with her dignity in a devilish manner," the three-bench court said in their judgement. "Little did she know on that cold winter night that her world would come to a devastating end...Convicts left the victim and her companion for dead, tried to run over them with the bus, looted them and shared the booty. During the attack, assaulters had thrashed the victim with an iron rod and pulled out her intestines. She died at a hospital 13 days later. "It was a devastating hour of darkness for the 23-year-old paramedic. The victim's parts were ruptured to give vent to the sexual desires. Lying naked, they shouted for help [and] as good fortune has it a night patrolling vehicle arrived," the judges said. 
The trial judge commented at the sentencing in 2013 that the case fell into the "rarest of rare category" which justifies capital punishment in India. It seems that this predominantly Hindu country has it just about right: executing the worst offenders in “rare” cases, language which echoes the Catechism.

Well done, India, and rest eternal to the poor woman who suffered this vile crime, and comfort to her family.

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