Crime and Punishment
Crime and Punishment
A few weeks ago a friend of mine was talking about the recent dramatic increase in the number of crimes in specific burglaries in Bahrain. She said and quiet seriously "the government should have those bastard thieves' hands chopped off!". I simply objected and everybody was against me as I'm sure some of you are now.
The Islamic Shari'ah mentioned that before sentencing the criminal for punishment, certain rules shall apply, and each crime has its own set of rules. Those crimes are:
2.Brigandage and plunder.
The Holy Qur'an states that the first three crimes have a fixed punishment which is capital punishment because they are crimes against God's law. However, Defamation and Adultery's punishment is neither death, nor stoning or strangling but limited whipping. Theft's punishment, on the other hand, and as we all know, cutting the hand. The Islamic judge is required to look at a higher level of proof and reasons why the person committed the crime. A judge can only impose the punishment when a person confesses to the crime or there are enough witnesses to the crime. The usual number of witnesses is two (two men or a man and two women's testimony). In the case of adultery, however, four witnesses are required. When there is doubt about the guilt of a crime or there is no confession to a crime or not enough witnesses to the crime, the judge must treat the crime as a lesser one.
"You can't go chopping people's hands off!" I said but no one dare asked me why. It's not that I'm against Islam, but Islam isn't an easy-to-handle religion. It needs a certain amount of thoroughness and carefulness when applied. As we all know, our judicial system is a joke and may I say corrupt beyond imagination?! So how in God's name do you want "our respectable judges" to sentence a criminal to death or have his/her hand chopped off when there are people who are hungry, homeless, unemployed…etc? The answer to the dramatic increase in number of crimes, in my opinion, is harder punishment; YES!!! But first feed the hungry, shelter the homeless and employ the unemployed; clean our courts from the corruption they are so deeply buried under. Let the people feel safe and secure and after that if and when they steal, chop off their hands and I will gladly be the first to applaud.
"When a town grows, crime grows with it".