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Sins of the father

This is the tragic tale of the wife of one of the Indians sentenced to hanging for rape and murder.  Her life, and that of her son, is bleak given the actions of the father.  Not because the father is a rapist but because she now has no husband to provide her with subsistence.   It isn’t in itself an ethical consequentialist argument for not administering the death penalty – the future for the two would be equally bleak were the husband to be given a life sentence. But the abysmal ignorance and stupidity of  modern India is itself on trial.  Just laws require a just social system that protects the innocent.

When you read of the wife’s story and of the impossible situation of women in these parts of India you can understand why there were some negative social attitudes towards the rape victim and her partner.  An unjust evil society.

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