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Question 5. Write a debate in 150-200 words either for or against the motion: ‘Capital Punishment should be abolished.


CAPITAL PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE ABOLISHED FOR THE MOTION: Honourable Judges, Respected Principals, Teachers and my dear friends! Good Morning. Today I feel privileged to present my views in favour of the motion ‘Capital Punishment should be abolished. Before starting, I would like to explain what ‘Capital punishment is? It is actually the death penalty given by the government of a country to the person who has committed any serious crime. In my opinion, ‘Capital Punishment’ should be abolished. By giving someone the death penalty, it doesn’t mean that the crime is over or the victim is given justice. Instead, they should be punished in such a way that would make them realize and feel the pain and embarrassment from deep inside their heart. As we know that the crime graph is rising higher day by day and it’s not possible to hang all the criminals to death for their heinous crimes. So the accused must be given the punishment that would make others afraid and they dare not think of committing crimes in future. Moreover, the death penalty is not for democratic countries and civilized societies. It is not considered just and appropriates as in some cases influential and rich people hire good and reputed lawyers and could be saved if it falls on them. But on the other hand, those who cannot afford a good lawyer, succumb to death. Therefore, it is not justified. Rather imprisonment is far better to make a criminal realize his fault and give him an opportunity to reform himself. AGAINST THE MOTION: Honourable Judges, Respected Principals, Teachers and my dear friends! Good Morning. Today I stand before you to present my views against the motion ‘Capital Punishment should be abolished. For any crime, there is a punishment and certain crimes are so ghastly for capital punishment must be given to the criminals, otherwise, justice would be denied to the victim. Besides, the criminals will get the opportunity to commit more crimes. If they wouldn’t fear death, they would continue their wrongdoings. If capital punishment will be abolished, the other criminals will feel free to do such things in future which is unacceptable in society as well as in the country. When a person commits a crime, he tries to escape the punishment by offering bribes to police officials or jail authorities or hiring an influential lawyer. Even if he gets life imprisonment, it is nothing in front of the pain he caused to the victim. Countries like the United States of America give capital punishment to criminals to lower the crime rates. If a person commits serious crimes like murder or rape, they should be given the death penalty so as to give perceptual relief to the victim’s relatives. In a lot of cases, when the criminals are excused, they repeat the gruesome crimes. To avoid such a situation, the death penalty is just as it would refrain others from doing crimes and make society safe. It is an appropriate punishment for the accused and also for those who continue to commit crimes even after being released from jail.

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