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Synonyms for torturing

the deliberate, systematic, or wanton infliction of physical or mental suffering by one or more persons in an attempt to force another person to yield information or to make a confession or for any other reason

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Lawyer Rashid Tahlak (inset) said the new penalty of Dhs5,000 fine for torturing a pet is not going harsh enough.
Suleiman is also accused of having performed a key service for the United States by torturing Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi until he said that Saddam Hussein was tied to al Qaeda, a statement al-Libi later recanted and which conflicts absurdly with the facts.
Notorious: In spite of the prohibition of torture in the constitution, the military and state intelligence agencies are notorious for torturing people in custody.
Given this correlation, a torturer who has to physically assault his victim must find ways of reconciling the emotional distress caused by the act of torturing with the belief that the use of torture is justified--a process that can take some time.
In response to the standard objection to this kind of argument, namely, that it justifies injustices and rights violations, Bagaric and Clarke bite the bullet: "The more promising utilitarian response is not to attempt to deflect or avoid the conclusion that there may be some extreme situations where utilitarianism commits us to punishing the innocent or torturing individuals, but rather the correct approach is to accept this outcome" [30].
Rarely out of the headlines, the prison has been criticised for its imprisonment of detainees without trial and for its alleged inhumane interrogation methods or in other words torturing prisoners to make them talk.
It puts us in the company of the Stalins, the Hitlers, the Pinochets, and the Argentine generals who also found ethically comfortable reasons for torturing.
Ariel Dorfman's impassioned proclamation: "[N]o torture anytime, anywhere, no to torturing anyone; no to torture" (6)--and those who believe that there are moral, and that there should consequentially be legal, exceptions to the general prohibition against torture.
The approval of torturing enemy combatants finds its genesis in a September 25,2001 Justice Department memo by former Assistant Attorney General John C.
The possibility of torturing an innocent is a hovering concern of the show.
Certainly, the display of tortured bodies may be in poor taste, but surely the act of actually torturing people is similarly reprehensible.