Taking Life Is Against The Will Of The Almighty

Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Nongthombam Biren’s son N. Ajay Singh shot dead lrom Roger Singh of Wangkhei Angom Leikai, Imphal East on March 20. Ajay and four others involved in the killing were arrested by the police on the same day.

It was established that the IFCD Minister’s son Ajay shot Roger with an M-20 pistol which was claimed to be a licensed gun. Different civil organizations have strongly condemned the day light killing and even the Opposition leaders like Okram Joy expressed unhappiness in the State Assembly over the investigation conducted by the State police on the crime. He demanded that Minister Biren should step down on moral ground.

The State Cabinet decided to hand over the case of Roger to the CBI on March 28 after one week. The decision was taken in the presence of Minister Biren in a Cabinet meeting. It was also reported that the Police Department taking due cognizance of the reported involvement of Minister Biren’s son Ajay in the murder case suggested that the case be handed over to the agency.

Was Ajay playing with such a deadly weapon? The loss of Roger has inflicted enormous grief upon the individuals close to him. The commission of a murder is highly detrimental to the good order within society and most societies both present and in antiquity has considered it a most serious crime worthy of the harshest of punishment. In most countries, a person convicted of murder is typically given a long prison sentence, possibly a life sentence, but in some other countries, the death penalty may be imposed for such an act.

A 2007 law in California, USA where an individual could be convicted to third-degree murder if he or she kills another person while operating a motor vehicle while being under the influence of alcohol, drugs or controlled substances. According to common law, many jurisdictions divided murder by degrees. The most common divisions are between first and second degree murder. Generally second degree murder is common law murder with first degree being an aggravated form. The aggravating factors that distinguish first degree murder from second degree are first degree murder requires a specific intent to kill and premeditation and deliberation. In addition murder committed by acts as strangulation, poisoning, or lying in wait are treated as first degree murder.

According to legal analysts, one of the oldest known prohibitions against murder appears in the Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu written sometime between 2100 and 2050 BC. The code states,” If a man commits a murder, that man must be killed”. The payment of wergild was an important legal mechanism in early Germanic society; the other common form of legal reparation at this was blood revenge. If someone was killed, the guilty person would have to pay were gild to the victim’s family.

In Islam according to the Quran, one of the greatest sins is to kill a human being who has committed no fault. “For that cause we decreed for the children of Israel that whosoever killeth a human being for other than manslaughter or corruption in the earth, it shall be as if he had killed all mankind and who so saveth the life of all mankind. “Those who invoke not, with Allah, any other God, nor slay such life as Allah had made sacred except for just cause, nor commit fornication; and any that does this (not only) meets punishment.

The term “Assassin” derives from Hashshashin, a militant Ismaili Shiite sect, active from the eight to fourteen centuries. This mystic secret society killed members of the Abbasid, Fatimid, Seljuq and Crusader elite for political and religious reasons. The Thuggee cult that plagued India was devoted to Kali, the goddess of death and destruction. A very conservative estimate is that the Thugs murdered 1 million people between 1740 and 1840. The Aztecs believed that without regular offerings of blood the sun god Huitzilopochtli would withdraw his support for them and destroy the world as they knew it. According to Ross Hassin, author of Aztec Warfare, between 10,000 and 80,400 persons were scarified in the 1487 re-consecration of the Great Pyramid of Tenochtitlan.

*The article is written by Balu Thongam

(Courtesy: The Sangai Express)

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