Bullies deserve to be punished

It never fails to shock me when I hear of the terrible violence human beings inflict on others. Murder, rape — even of babies, torture, beheadings, bombings, and bullying that leads to death.

When it is committed by young persons, it’s even more appalling.

But, after the initial shock, I just realize that I shouldn’t be surprised. We are capable of such horror. Look at our human history; it’s full of the terrible things we do to one another. Our saving grace is that as we civilize, we do it less.

My hope is that as we learn from history, we never repeat it.

Two young men have died at the hands of bullies. T Nhaveen and Zulfarhan Osman Zulkarnain were beaten up so badly that they died.

I don’t understand the psychology of the boys who did it, but they need to be severely punished.

Yes, I understand that we human beings are capable of terrible terror but we are also capable of great goodness and everything about life must be to bring out the goodness and deprive the badness.

While we understand criminality, and the need for rehabilitation, perpetrators of crime must face the consequences of their actions. These bullies should be found guilty but I hope they won’t be sentenced to death!

Not because I don’t believe in capital punishment. I think death will be too clean a punishment for them!

I prefer that they rot in prison for life!

If they get rehabilitated, that’s fine. But rehabilitation begins when they can admit they did wrong and ask for forgiveness. So far, there has been no report of any sense of remorsefulness from  the bullies.

If they persist in being their macho, violent selves, then it is best they remain in prison and suffer the endless agony of being at the mercy of people like themselves!

Let them know what it’s like being on the receiving end. They may become thugs and gang leaders in prison for their survival, but they’ll know no peace.

Prison will be like a mini-hell and that might be the fitting place for them for showing no mercy on the vulnerable.

And let their miserable lives be publicised for all to know.

Hopefully, just hopefully, this might deter potential bullies from taking it out on future victims.

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