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Judicial Corporal Punishment (e.g. caning) should be made illegal.

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Started: 9/26/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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This is going to be a short back-and-forth debate. Anyone may accept, round 1 is simply invitation and acceptance. Round 2 and onwards will be arguments and rebuttals.
Debate Round No. 1


Judicial Corporal Punishment (JCP) should be legalised for the following reasons.

1. JCP acts as deterrent against crime.

Countries such as Singapore that have adopted JCP have some of the lowest crime rates worldwide.

2. JCP works.

As seen above, it also discourages offenders from becoming repeat offenders.

3. It serves as retribution for the victims.

Victims can be sure that the punishment issued to offenders will discourage them from re-offending, and will convey to them the severity of the pain they caused.

For these reasons I believe that JCP should be kept in force.


It's not nice to hit people Corporal punishment, which is way of inflicting tremendous pain or harm on someone for some violation of conduct, should never be made legal. If made legal it could be used at random and the power abused or used for vengeance. It also sends a message to kids that it is okay to hit each other and that's not a good message to send out to children. Also people would use it as an excuse they could hurt someone and say "It was corporal punishment" this would get out of hand and cause more crimes. What if they are innocent? Why does someone else get to play god?
Debate Round No. 2


Thank you very much for your arguments. It appears as though you have mistaken the topic of discussion. This is JUDICIAL corporal punishment. It refers to caning being meted out as part of the criminal justice system, not to children.

1. It is not nice to hit people is not a convincing argument. It is also not nice to jail people, but we do it because such people are deemed by the justice system to deserve it.

2. Anything from speeding tickets to the death penalty can be abused. What is your point?

3. Your argument is weak here, even for corporal punishment for children. No one accidentally hits a child and says it was corporal punishment. They say sorry.

4. "What if they are innocent?" The task of finding that out is separate from the punishment, please don't confuse the two. Corporal punishment is not as irreversible as capital punishment.

5. "Playing God" (to judge and punish criminal misconduct) literally is the function of our criminal justice system.


Corporal punishment is unjustifiable and amounts to child- abuse because it is unjustifiable and amounts to child abuse as it degrades the child and lowers their self esteem. It is illegal for a reason and increase the rate of crime and violence. Also it could have psychological effects on the children and also is wrong and inappropriate, while also harming children with genuine behavioural disorders or other disabilities .It brings fear and hardens the victims and for children actions speak louder then words.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by Innerstrength 3 years ago
I don't know much about Singapore except that they have a very low crime rate and very strict laws about just about everything. I think it's the death penalty there for drug trafficking? There is always a dark side to these sort of things so i would like to see more about to see if that is true in this case.
As for the debate, yes it seems your opponent got well off track and you deserved to win.
Posted by republicofdhar 3 years ago
My opponent has misunderstood the entire debate by focusing on corporal punishment for children, rather than judicial corporal punishment, which refers to punishment meted out by judges in the criminal justice system. In light of this, I urge all voters to vote Con.
Posted by republicofdhar 3 years ago
Thank you for your comment, goalex!
Posted by goalex 3 years ago
I think it should be legal.
Posted by republicofdhar 3 years ago
Hi Mister_Man, yes that is my position. We are discussing it without reference to any particular nation, so on the merits or demerits of the case itself. I've set the debate to 1000 characters per argument, which is too short for an analysis in context of a particular country anyway.
Posted by Mister_Man 3 years ago
Just making sure, you're against the idea that it should be illegal, right? And we're talking about North America or worldwide?
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Reasons for voting decision: Pro was completely off topic the entire debate. Con was right in pointing out Pro's confusion between parental corporal punishment and judicial corporal punishment. As an aside, I've seen others debate this topic before, and I'd enjoy seeing it done again. I'm not interested in participating though.