Restorative justice, not vengeance in the face of heinous crimes

No punishment, however severe, can truly compensate for the loss suffered by the victim’s family and our society for any crime, particularly rape or murder. Our goal should not be to match suffering with suffering, but to create a society where such crimes become increasingly rare. The recent arrest of a suspect in the murder of a 13-year-old girl in Thimphu has shaken Bhutan to its core. As a nation founded on Buddhist principles and committed to Gross National Happiness, we find ourselves at a crossroads between our desire for justice and our fundamental values of compassion and restorative justice.

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