In my opinion, capital punishment is an extreme form of punishment as it is intended to put a person to death. However, I also believe that this form of punishment should not be completely ruled out. Being a devout Hindu, I personally choose to follow ancient Hindu teachings, and the Bhagavad Gita, which states: "According to Vedic injunctions there are six kinds of aggressors: 1) a poison giver, 2) one who sets fire to the house, 3) one who attacks with deadly weapons, 4) one who plunders riches, 5) one who occupies another's land, and 6) one who kidnaps a wife. Such aggressors are at once to be killed, and no sin is incurred by killing such aggressors. Such killing of aggressors is quite befitting for any ordinary man,..." (Chapter 1, text 36). Hence, it is clear that the Bhagavad Gita, as well as Lord Krishna himself, encourage capital punishment; despite the seemingly trivial reasons stated in the Bhagavad Gita. Furthermore, the Manu Smriti (laws for mankind) gives a very interesting viewpoint on the matter, as it states that killing an individual for heinous crimes is actually benefitting them so that they will not have to bear a great sin in the next life due to karma. Therefore, in my opinion, capital punishment should not be completely ruled out and should be used only in cases where the perpetrator does not have an underlying psychiatric condition, but has succumbed to his/her desire to kill another person. Capital punishment should also be done as humanely as possible – by lethal injection. Nonetheless, the definition of what cases justify capital punishment would need to be explored further.