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Should Police Release Suspect’s Religion ?

يونيو 10, 2013 15تعليق

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            What happened weeks ago in Boston when bomb killed innocent people  in Marathon race shocked the world. After a few days , police released the  information about the criminal including his religion . He was a Muslim. In fact what happened hurt all Muslims. It is human common feeling to feel bad when innocent people are killed. If police make all the world know that he was a Muslim, immediately people would blame criminal’s religion. That would hurt people who have the same religion. In that case, police should   not release information about a suspect’s religion because: it could hurt people who have the same religion, what culprit or criminal did has nothing to do with his religion, and after the criminal got back to his normal life, people would always connect what he did with his religion.

            One reason police should not release information about suspect’s religion is because this information could hurt innocent people who have the same religion. For example, after what happened in 11 September 2001 people started to take their revenge by hurting people who have the same religion of suspects who are responsible. In other words, people will bay for something they did not do. That make more innocent people hurt.

            Another reason is what culprit did has nothing to do with his religion. For example, Islam prohibited  to kill innocent people no matter what. All religions teach people how to behave and do good things for themselves and for others. If someone bad done terrible things, it does not mean all what he did his religion teach him to do it. In short, police should not release suspect’s religion, because every person has his own responsible of what he did, not his religion.

            The final reason is that it is difficult for criminal to get back his normal life again after he got his punishment. People would always remember what he had done. On top of that, they would immediately connect what he did with his religion. People do mistakes and they get a fair punishment for their big mistakes. By the time they might change and regret. But people who knew what he had done would never forget a criminal’s religion as a reason of what he did. In short, people would never forget what criminal did. Besides, they  will blame his religion.

            Some people may say it is better to release this information from official source instead of knowing it from media or social network, such as twitter, facebook ..etc.  It’s going to be a bad rumor. Or they could say people have the right to know truth and all information including the criminal’s religion from official source. However, that encourages people to judge others based on religion. In other words, police encourages people to have discrimination religion.

            In conclusion, police should not release information about  a suspect’s religion. Because it hurts people who have the same religion, what a culprit did have nothing to do with his religion, after he got his punishment it is difficult to get back to his normal life and people would always connect what he did  with his religion. That is why police -as an official source-  should not mention a suspect’s religion.

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