Here is our very own Ainul Afifi’s masterpiece which she wrote during the Mid-Year examinations 😀 Enjoy~
Clarissa. Clarissa. My lovely Clarissa. The trace of every distinct feature of her face silently tells a melancholic story behind it. It was as though she had a façade; a veil that conceals serendipity underneath. Who would have ever expected the most abhorrent thing in the world ~ as menacing as to abort her own baby ~ was just a fraction of her past? Indeed, this young lady, who could have gone far off chasing big dreams like any other average girl her own age would, has made an absolute – but obsolete turning point of her life.
Pregnant at sixteen. Being embroiled in a myriad of brothels. Intimate relationship with countless men since thirteen. A trivial walk of life any other voluptuous lady in Thailand would do. However, she was not the only one who opted into this vicious lifestyle… She had no choice! The only escape route from her bubble of poverty was largely dependent on her nightclub performances ~ a form of self-actualisation, people would say. Alas, she did not persevere. She was dragged into human trafficking on her 18th birthday, a heartbreaking day for her. As a result, she was eventually put to trial for offending the law.
The case of Clarissa was just one in about 3000 cases of prostitutions in Thailand. I can assure you that in a global perspective, there could be a plethora of minors and consensual ‘victims’ of these law offences who end up finding no light in their lives ~ the very own reason for them to continuously downgrade themselves mentally and physically. Acknowledging this platform of escalated resentment towards themselves, it has been a humungous government obligation to step in and say, “Stop humiliating yourselves!”
As much as public awareness and terror towards these law offenders are validated across the society, people now have to understand that they want to reconcile and reintegrate into the society. Yes! Give them a second chance! It has always been uttered by philosophers and human evolutionists such as Socrates, that; literally holding on to the concept of “an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth” could be just as ambiguous as not having any eye at all. Point being said, only people who are humane enough really see the values in forgiving and forgetting by giving credence for those who have winged themselves to compensate for their misconducts. In this case, community service is the best epitome for apology.
Why community service? On the individual level, it is always best to analyse the philosophical nature of law offenders. Some commit those immoral actions for a reason and not for a malicious intent; out of poverty or desperation. Even if they intentionally commit law offence, the best solution to correct these people is also through a philosophical and psychological deterrence. Give them corporal punishment and they will retaliate. Give them love and a chance to contribute to the society, and they will revert to being an active member of the state. Hence, community service serves as a justified moral corrective system for people by and large.
In addition to that, community service develops the holistic progression of a society. Now that you have given the avenue for law offenders to reconcile, you also encourage intellectual discourse among society in general. People learn to give and take. There is absolutely no need for unnecessary hatred or regression. Concurrently, you enhance the development of human capital, where a first class mentality is preserved, and contribution for the sake of the country is glorified.
Where have we seen successful precedence of community service? States like Alabama, United States, Germany and Sweden allow their prisoners to vote. They allow law offenders to finally have a voice and have their inalienable rights upheld. They recognise a significant day where people can actually get indulged in community service en masse. States like these celebrate the intrinsic idea of retributive justice, where people step out of that massive circle of ostracisation from society and come back with a fresh start in which they can turn over a new leaf! See how much community service can do for you?
Recapitulating all of the aforementioned arguments, humans – who are still considered sentient and emotional beings – need to be nurtured and cared for. Their rights to be given a second chance should be considered sacrosanct and evangelised. We can see humans but no humanity. Stop this reinforcement of stereotype and let them breathe… This is for the sake of political enfranchisement as well, for the nation. Quoting John F. Kennedy, “Don’t ask what the country has done for you, but ask what you have done for the country.”
**Don’t ask me how she wrote all this during an exam ._. Pure talent**
-Admin M ❤