The death penalty, also known as capital punishment is a legal procedure in which a state executes a person for crimes he/she has committed. This punishment has been implemented by many states, and is normally used for atrocious crimes, especially murder. It is also used on crimes against the state such as treason, crimes against humanity, espionage, and violent crimes while other states use it as part of military justice. There are mixed reactions on capital punishment depending on one’s faith, and the state they come from. In my view, I am not in favour of death penalty, as I strongly believe that, death penalty is unacceptable and an inhumane practice for it denies one the right to live. Death penalty does not deter crime, it is an act of simply annihilating a criminal.
Now, the question arises that is death penalty the severest form of punishment? What about Life Imprisonment? This will make the life of the criminal sheer hell. You get only a small piece of sky to see, bland food to eat, no company of the close ones, no friends to banter with, an apology for food and endless time to brood over what one has done! Isn't this life like a living death? Will it not act as a deterrent for crimes in society?
As for Capital Punishment, once the victim is dead, they're dead, nothing will bring them back. Killing the criminal is simply state sanctioned murder. How can one say murder is wrong but then commit it to serve as an example!
The second point is that a criminal should be forced to confront the consequences of his actions. The death penalty prevents this. It's undoubtedly frightening for the condemned, but soon they're dead, so they have nothing to worry about once that conclusion is reached. With life imprisonment, there's at least a chance they'll be influenced to at least think about what they've done,
Another salient point is that as long as you have capital punishment, there is no guarantee that innocent people won't be put to death. Such possibilities become impossible in case of death penalty.
Again there is a possibility that money power can buy justice! How many millionaires get capital punishment? Worst crimes remain unproved due to the skill of the lawyers. And the same skills can prove an innocent person guilty! Imposing death on innocent ones, becomes the most unjust deed.
Data showing crime rate in many countries where capital punishment occurs, prove that it doesn't necessarily deter crime. Heinous crimes like murders and rapes occur despite the provision of death penalty. Whereas many states where the capital punishment is not allowed, show lesser crime rate. Long term imprisonment serves the purpose of punishment better than the savage method of killing.
Death Penalty should be abolished as it is like fighting the symptom rather than the root causes. Just give a thought to the effect of death penalty on public's psychology? Our society is already too violence-saturated as it is, without adding this horrendous relic from the past.