20. Crime and Punihsment

1.         Pity the man who once had fame;

Which, having lost, now lives in shame [1].

2.        Punishment follows not always the crime;

Save when one is caught in time [2].

3.         Religions say that somehow

We’ll pay for the wrongs that we do now [3].

4.         Lawyers’ wits are what decide

The outcome when a case is tried [4].

5.         Justice must for all be done:

Not the same penalty for everyone [5].

6.         If no one steals and no one robs,

Police and lawyers will have no jobs [6].

7.         Crimes no doubt have their roots,

As roots may lead to rotten fruits [7].

8.         The lawyer who does better argue

Shows the Truth, in a jury’s view [8].

9.         Society gets into a sorry state

When the crime-prone in government permeate [9].

10.       Some say it’s murder weird and wild

When a woman wants to abort her child [10].


1. More than ordinary criminal,  when persons who once had pride and position in society are caught and punished for a crime, much shame and humiliation is added to the pain of the penalty.

2. Contrary to the demands of moral justice, many people get away with murder, as the expression goes.

3. It is to compensate for this that religions developed the post-mortem consequences of one’s action, such as the Day of Judgment and the Law of Karma.

4. Though, in principle a court of law is meant to decide the guilt or innocence of a person accused of a crime, in a good many cases it is the ability or lack thereof  of the defense lawyer that leads to his acquittal or conviction.

5. Equal justice is not the same as equal punishment. The severity of the punishment is often a function of the status, age, previous record, and such other factors of the culprit.

6. We seldom recognize the role that criminals play for giving jobs to hundreds of thousands of people: from policemen and lawyers to judges and prison wardens. If we imagine a society where non one ever commits any crime whatever, a good many people will be thrown out of work. Thanks to the 9/11 criminal act, practically every one who takes a plane has become a suspect: and this has led to the employment of hundreds of thousands of people in various airports in the elaborate security system that have been installed,

7. Psychologists and social scientists often trace criminal behavior to experiences in childhood. But one seldom emphasizes the role that proper guidance and inculcation of values play is keeping adults from criminal behavior.

8. Truth, in the minds of the jury, lies not so much in facts, as in to which interpretation of the facts the more effective lawyer slowly guides them.

9. The worst thing that can happen to a country is when its political leaders and elected representatives themselves are law-breakers. The only way this can be minimized, if not avoided, is if there is a non-corrupt law-enforcing agency in the country.

10. Abortion is such a controversial topic because some people associate a personhood to the unborn even at a very early stage of conception.


About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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