Problem

Corporal punishment

Nature:

Corporal punishment as a penalty for crimes can have various forms: flogging, exposure to public abuse, branding, amputation. All are intended to physically humiliate the condemned, to cause physical pain. The intention seems to be that the fear of pain will act as a deterrent to crime, and that physical chastisement will motivate the condemned to reform.

Background:

Proponents of corporal punishment have often quoted the Bible as justification: "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth."

Related Problems:
Voluntary physical suffering
Values:
Punishment
Subject(s):
Societal Problems Punishment
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
D: Detailed problems
Date of last update
15.05.2019 – 21:35 CEST