There is nothing personal in life. We are all connected by some thread we may not be aware of. My problem today can be yours tomorrow. So I must understand the eternal truth. We came to this world for a purpose. I must do as much good I can to myself and others in our society in this limited span of time. I am responsible for all my actions and expressions. I can’t execute myself well unless I understand the purpose.
When I am thinking about doing good I must understand first what are the bad elements I need to do away with. Have you ever felt like a criminal without committing a crime? If your answer is yes, I don’t have the outlook now to explain why you feel so. You may elaborate from your personal experience.
So, what is a crime? If I can understand this well, probably it will show me new direction to lead my life. It’s not about feeling guilty of oneself but more about righteousness.
It’s a general perception some act that goes against law is a crime. It’s not just a perception but a truth as mandated by our law makers. It’s required too for societal development. Actually, I was thinking in a different direction before I came to write about this.
Let’s do a self analysis on our understanding and ask ourselves few questions. Why is it so important to understand what is really meant by crime and what is the purpose of our judiciary? I really have no interest here to write a research paper on criminology. My objective is very simple. It’s to understand crime and criminals better before we start following a law. I don’t say law is not important but it’s more useful when we understand the purpose at a grassroots level.
Coming back to my previous questions what I understand the primary purpose of law is to prevent crime and never to punish offenders. If it’s true let’s see how we can achieve better results from a humane perspective. It’s only possible with true education and better self understanding.
There are many forms of crime in society. Can we accuse somebody as a criminal when the person does not understand her/his act as a crime. They might have a different perception what you see as a crime in society. The condition is worse where number of such people are more. Nothing more can be expected here without true and value driven education. Some basic education need to start from home at an early age.
There are crimes in our society that often get unnoticed or ignored. Domestic violence is one such example and mostly suppressed by family members successfully because of lack of enough coverage by our law. You may like to learn better by examples and I have learned a lot from movies. Damini is one such movie released in the 90s.
Neglecting one’s duty is also a crime. It’s even more critical when it comes to our society and our duty for people.
What is the biggest form of crime in your view and what is the best punishment? I am asking this keeping in view the primary purpose as we want to prevent crime.