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Is Breaking the Law Ever Justified?

  • Date Submitted: 04/03/2013 11:36 PM
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Can breaking the law ever be justified?

There were times in history when breaking the law was justified: great leaders like Gandhi and Martin Luther King broke the law and changed the world for the better.
Breaking the law is morally justifiable and acceptable when the law in itself is iniquitous and if that law violates human rights and conscience; Certainly, rules are established for us to follow but we as human beings should be able to differentiate the right and the wrong and incase laws need to be violated for the right cause even with hard consequences, breaking the law can be justified; considering the situations and the purposes.

Justification of the violation of laws depends on the situation, not on the rules and regulations: in certain places of the world there are extraordinary laws that might not be acceptable to all that might as well happen because of cultural diversity and diverse nature of human beings, respecting all culture’s values and norms if such rules exceed their limits one cannot sit back and ignore, therefore in such cases rules can be disobeyed. We cannot ignore the fact that in the civil wars and world wars era, the abolitionists were breaking the laws madly, which surely had a cause but the killing of innocent people and the millions of lives lost do not have an explanation and such violation in today’s era well, cannot be justified.

We have been experiencing a lot of violation of rules mainly because of political instabilities in the country: recently many teachers in Thailand are being killed by insurgents, who are mainly against Islam, protestors who find killing the best way to gain notice must be hanged to death because such violation is not at all reasonable. In case of Nepal, where people were previously suppressed: were not allowed to be educated especially women and the Ranas- the so called superior ones had the power to enjoy. In such situation one had to revolt to see peace and justice in the country. There were...

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