Man calls daughter’s ‘rapist’ home, tortures and kills him, say police
Furious over the alleged rape of his 14-year-old daughter by a 45-year-old married man, the father called the man to his house on Friday night, treated him to dinner and then tortured him to death, police said. He then went to the police station, surrendered himself and gave police a detailed account on how he tortured and murdered the man.I reviewed a sampling of the comments on the newspapers site. They are running about 9 out of 10 in favor of giving the dad a medal. As a civilized human being I have mixed feelings on the matter. On one hand the father said noting and plotted his revenge for two months. This is clearly an act of premeditated murder made more gruesome because of the pain inflicted on the victim.
On the other hand, I'm a dad and if the story is true, the rapist needed killing.
We outlawed Lex Talionis and the semi-private administration of justice years ago. Both of those concepts were for most of human existence the only justice available. India was a British colony and for a time received the benefits of English Common law. I believe the legal system there is still heavily influenced by colonization. The legal system in India is also reputed to be highly corrupt. In such cases its almost impossible to tell if justice has been served.
The legal system only works in America because we as a collective group of people have faith in its working. When we as a group, lose faith in that system we will return to Lex Talionis and semi-private administration of justice. I believe that we may very well be headed that direction.