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In Criminal Law, Punishment is defined as any pain, penalty, suffering, or confinement inflicted upon a person by the authority of the law and the judgment and sentence of a court, for some crime or offense committed by him, or for his omission of a duty enjoined by law.

Law can never be enforced unless fear supports them", said Sophocles. Punishment is one of the most common forms of inculcating fear.

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