posted on Jan, 16 2007 @ 11:11 PM
Possession of huge amount of prohibited drugs (Certain amount of a specific kind of drug i.e. trading or trafficking 600 grams of heroin) is
punishable by death in Vietnam. Well, not at least if you are pregnant. Vietnamese law does not allow execution of a pregnant woman or a woman
having child under three years old. Several months there was another woman in the death row had got pregnant in solitary confinement in northern Hoa
Binh province. The death sentence was reduced to life imprisonment. But the incident caused several prison guards to be punished.
A woman facing drug charges in Vietnam mysteriously became pregnant in prison and, under the law, is to have a death sentence commuted to life.
She told the court her child belonged to “a prison inmate” but that no one helped the two get together and she has done it “herself”. Male and
female prison inmates are kept strictly apart.
Please visit the link provided for the complete story.
It seems that it is becoming a trend here in Vietnam. One of the surest way to be commuted to life imprisonment for a woman who received a death
sentence is to become pregnant. Another one is that a convicted womanwho has a child under three years of age when the death sentence was given.
Then there comes the morality question. The guards or inmates who"helped" the condemned woman to become pregnant. They saved a life. They may be
heroes, but one should not discount the fact that they violated certain laws.
Laws of God & laws of men. But what should be the most important here? How can we judge fairly someone on this case? I am not sure of the laws of
other countries but I find this one complicated.