Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Is revenge an integral component of serving justice to the victims of a crime [COMPACTIDEA]

This thought occured to me when I read this news story on NDTV about a recent gang-rape in India of a 35 year old woman, her 14 year old daughter, and another female relative [plus beating, looting, etc., of the male family members]. Not digressing from the topic, the key question here [about human nature] is this - why is "revenge" an integral part of [the feeling of having gotten] justice for victims of crime? In this case, the victim family wants the rapists punished. Why do us humans feel a sort of satisfaction when the perpetrators of a crime are punished, considering the punishment doesn't undo or erase the initial crimes that were committed upon the victims?

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