Journal of Legal, Ethical and Regulatory Issues (Print ISSN: 1544-0036; Online ISSN: 1544-0044)


Legal Implication of Revenge Killing and its Relation to Terrorist Ideologies

Author(s): Munahi Khanthl Bin Shary

The study examines legal implication of revenge killing and it’s relation to the terrorist ideologies. Vengeance is basic human instincts which tantamount to the terrorist ideologies. Individuals or group who have been oppressed or wronged often seek to take revenge outside of the rule of law believing this is the best way to punish those who have wronged them. Revenge has positive and negative impact to the person in question and society at large. Some individuals seek to weigh this positive and negative side of vengeance and if the negative is weightier than positive, they might choose to forgive their transgressors or adopt other ways of satisfying their instinct of vengeance and revenge such as legal action. In addition, revenge is one of the terrorist motives especially suicide bombings. Instead of choosing to follow legal routes to solve problems of oppression, terrorists choose to kill others, believing that this serves justice. Hence, revenge is deeply connected to terrorism and terrorist ideologies around the world. This paper examines the psychological and sociological background of revenge. It also discussed criminal elements of revenge, scope, and legal implication to the society at large. In addition, this paper discusses types of revenge and concept of justified and unjustified revenge. In highlighting the direct relationship between revenge and terrorism, this paper hopes to provide policymakers with useful information on how to deal with and prevent terrorists. This helps to build a more detailed framework that can be used by policymakers when formulating measures to prevent terrorism and provide a successful counter-narrative to the public.

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