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101. Criminals and Non-violence
Q. What would be the treatment meted out to crimi­nals in Free India in the light of your non-violence?
A. In independent India of the non-violent type, there will be crime but no criminals. They will not be punished. Crime is a disease like any other malady and is a product of the prevalent social system. Therefore, all crime in­cluding murder will be treated as a disease. Whether such an India will ever come into being is another question.
New Delhi, 28-4-'46
Harijan, 5-5-1946