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Monday, August 19, 2019

Case Study-ethics

Restrict Yourself to Maximum 250 words for each question

1) If you are serving as Superintendent of Police (SP)  in a district notorious for kidnapping cases. In one such kidnapping case, ten school girls have been kidnapped and hidden in an unknown place. In previous cases, where one or two girls were kidnapped, they were sold to prostitution racquet in a foreign country. Your team, under your guidance tracks the kingpin of these kidnappings and arrests him. During routine interrogation, the arrested kingpin do not reveal any location names nor he talks about anything related to kidnappings. Your sources clearly tell you that he is the one behind all kidnappings. Even after using all legal methods to get information from him, your efforts have not yielded any result. Your friend, who is an SP in another district suggests you to torture the kingpin to get information. You are aware of the situation that the girls might be sold and trafficked to a foreign country if you further delay investigation.

(a) What will you do in such a situation?

(b) Is it ethical to torture a person to save other innocent lives?


2)Gabhar Singh being an atheist used to steal, kill and harass people. No appeal to God used to generate mercy in him. He believed being mighty is rewarding. Savitri Devi believed in God. She believed that following God’s commandment is rewarding. So, she used to help people and go for periodic charitable works. As she believed that not doing so will result into misery to her and her family critically examine the issue from the following angles

(a) Elaborate the relationship of religion and ethics?

(a) Explain the moral component of Gabhar Singh and Savitri Devi’s behaviour.  


3)Sanju and Ganju are sister and brother. While both of them were at a family function, their parents instructed them that they should be respectful to the elders, not too indulgent with others and act as good and obedient children. Sanju was instructed not to interact with boys and not to laugh too loudly. But, Sanju along with his brother Ganju objected to a gender specific discriminatory behavior for Sanju. Instead, they reminded their parents of the need for gender equity and the changing values.

(a) Identify in the above case the moral and ethical component that are involved

(a) Establish the difference between the two (the moral components and ethical components)


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