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  • Dr Navin C Naidu

Dispensing Justice in a Mad World

Updated: Sep 26, 2022

"Smart laws don’t assure justice any more than a good recipe guarantees a delicious meal."
Preet Bharara, Former US Attorney

A peek into ancient law evidences the Hammurabi Code and Mosaic Law demanding an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, a hand for a hand, and a foot for a foot. Pure retributive justice.

Time marched on. Humanity felt more urbane and civilised. The dispensers of justice felt that retributive justice was too harsh, too cruel, so it coughed up a liberal method to mete out punishment.

The doctrine of proportionality in law demands that the punishment be proportionate to the wrongdoing but with a degree of fairness and reasonableness.

Today, the guilty are literally getting away with murder. Silver-tongued lawyers and pliant judges and juries spoil the fun for retributive and distributive justice with meaningless judicial and legal platitudes.


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