Social Offences

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In India, for men to be involved in adultery is a criminal offence punishable by up to five years in prison. What does this tell us about the Indian’s state perception of wrongdoing? What does it tell us about emotional and social breakdown and their representation in legal systems across the globe? Social offences, regardless of levels of legality, are the most influential factors in societal or individual breakdown. Members of the community become hurt because they feel they have been offended and wronged by another member. Laws are instated because of the social and emotional significance offences contain. For example, murder is a criminal offence, but only because the loss of a hugely meaningful social component – in this case, a…show more content…
On the matter of killing somebody unintentionally while fighting, it is largely split both ways. To be involved in a fight that leads to manslaughter (either intentionally or unintentionally) is surely a social offence within itself, but is probably as far as the offence stretches. As intent, which is the damaging element of social offences, was not malicious in nature, the ‘criminal’ in this situation should not be punished any more than someone involved in a deathless fight would be. Social offences are not to be taken lightly. Human culture is based on relationships, emotions and opinions (although economies and parking infringements surely play some part). If we do not consider civil or social crimes to be, at least, on the same level as technical illegalities, then we will never understand the basis for ethical decision and lawmaking and will have no incentive to protect the rights of citizens. To finish, I will quote C.S Lewis as he speaks of formal justice’s limitation: “You can not make men good by law.” If munificence is indeed our aim, we must have a greater understanding of unwritten laws and such offences’ varying degrees of
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