Crime is a reality in every society. Hindus believe that actions in this life will directly affect experiences in future existences and that negative actions will lead to karmic debt.
Why is criminal behaviour the result of free choice?
Each person can choose whether to abide by the laws or not, no one can force them to break the law
Some people are born genetically inclined to break the law
People cannot do anything other than follow in the example of older members of their family
As an act of punishment, what is reformation?
Removing a criminal from society so that the innocent are protected
Punishing someone so harshly that they will not reoffend
Getting a criminal to turn away from crime through changing their attitude
As an act of punishment, what is retribution?
Punishing offenders in the same way that they have hurt other people
How does prison act as a protection for society?
It makes the criminal pay back money to the people that have been hurt
It removes the criminal from society so that others can be safer
Prison allows the criminal to work within society
What is capital punishment?
Locking a criminal in prison for life
The death penalty
Cutting off a criminal's hand
Why might many Hindus say commiting crimes leads to karmic debt?
Because karmic debt is the Hindu word for prison
Because they believe bad deeds will be paid for in the next life if not made up for in this one
Because they believe karmic debt is where you go to when you die
What does the term 'sarvodaya' mean?
Punishment for everyone
Welfare for everyone
Rules for everyone
Why are some Hindus against the use of capital punishment?
They think it is too expensive
All the sacred texts forbid it
They follow the principle of ahimsa