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Torture is a form of inflicting pain upon anyone. Torture has many forms, it can be in the form of physical torture, mental torture, emotional torture, and even sexual torture. The intensity of torture also varies in various cases. Sometimes it is mild in nature, which does not inflict much pain, sometimes it is extremely painful. Hence whatever the form of torture is adopted, pain is an integral factor. However, inflicting torture or practicing any form of torture upon anyone is not justified at all. Many experts argue that although torture only inflicts pain upon its victim, it is justified to carry on torture, in some specific cases. These specific cases have been defined as those instances in which a number of human lives are at stake and practicing torture upon a single or two of the humans can save many lives. Example of this can be taken in the form if a criminal who has planted a bomb somewhere and plans to cause mass destruction. Experts consider torture on such an individual totally justified, as hitting a single man would save the lives of many others. This logic does not fulfill the purpose of humanity and advocates inflicting pain upon others (Miller). In a world, where we, the humans, raise our voices against animal violence and try to protect the rights of animals, why not the rights of humans should be protected? It is not good at all to let someone go through pain in the hope that he or she will blurt out the truth under pressure. Moreover, it has been proven that the statement given out in such a condition is usually not reliable, which is why, practicing torture on anyone to get out the facts, is not useful and not a recommended method to solve the issues like terrorism and crime.
Peters, Edward. Torture. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2018.
Miller, Seumas. "Is torture ever morally justifiable?" International Journal of Applied Philosophy 19.2 (2005): 179-192.
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