A life without rules is no less than living in a jungle full of wild animals
Think about the situation when you can do anything without worrying about the consequences of your action…. a life without any rules. No regulations to oversee your actions… nobody to tell you what to do or prevent you from doing anything. Well, this might sound interesting but a life without rules is no less than living in a jungle full of wild animals and nobody to protect you.
Law and society go hand in hand.
The presence of laws is of vital importance for the existence of the society. It is needed to control the beast within the human body. If there is no rule of law to oversee their actions, then they would do whatever pleases them without any fear and eventually, the society will degenerate. Laws are not only intended to protect individuals from harming each other but also to protect one from self-harm and include laws banning the consumption of certain drugs.
Punishments for certain offences which acts as deterrence is required
We often come across the phrase “survival of the fittest”. But, is this survival possible without the presence of laws, without any norms to govern the conduct? Well, to keep the society running and to control the behavior of the citizens and to ensure the survival of the fittest, legal norms are necessary. Model guidelines are needed, so that individuals may know what is acceptable and what is not. The presence of punishments for certain offences which acts as deterrence is required after it was observed that order is necessary for the society so that society can advance with some security on hand for the future.
Also, to make people accept any social change is difficult in the absence of laws. The democratic system asks for the will of the people before bringing into force any social change. The role played by law in such a case is not prominent but surely is must for bringing equilibrium in the society. Abolition of evil practices like Sati Pratha, untouchability are some of the examples wherein, laws acted as middlemen.
In short, law is a catalyst which shapes up the society and brings social reforms within it by protecting the relations between people. There are laws which provide the framework for the governance of the people and also for the protection of their rights and also criminal laws to prosecute the wrongdoers. It is the presence of laws that make the society viable and a safe place to live in with peace and harmony.
By – Mansi Gupta
(Content Writer @ Legal Bites)