I would like to add my opinion to the article with the caption ‘Why not abolish the religious swearing in court’ that I received today.
This ‘swearing in court’ might have been initiated on the assumption that Indians are normally god fearing people. When we go to temples we are supposed to discard our bad characteristics and present our ‘pure’ selves to god. Besides, Indian psyche has been etched with the wisdom that sinners will be punished (ultimately by god).Common sense says that one ‘believes’ in one’s ‘own’ god.
The court swearing could be meant with this context. In other words, an accused person will speak only the truth since he swears by the name of god. And what is more, since he believes sincerely only in his god,it is hoped he will not speak lies.Whereas he does not believe in gods of other religions, we come to have doubts over his statements.
So, the idea of a common acceptable mode of ‘swearing’ goes much against the ‘intent’ of this very practice.Atheism or Secularism has got nothing to do here. Eliciting honest confession being the sole aim, the name of god is being only exploited.
By Kallan Krishnaraj
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