Hammurabi's Code- Unjust

Hammurabi's code wasn't applied equally

Unequal to the People

Hamurabi's code may have been recorded and used constantly but the problem was the laws themselves, not how they were used. The laws were unfair because the punishments were not equal to the people. Depending on your social class the punishments for crimes differed. If you were a slave the punishment were more severe than if you were a free man

Law 209: If the man strikes the daughter if a free man and causes her to loose the fruit of her womb, he shall pay 10 shekels of silver Law 213: If he has struck the slave girl of a free man and causes her to loose the fruit of her womb, shall pay 2 shekels of silver.

Accidentally vialating the law

In Babylonia if you accidentally break a rule the same punishment occurs for if you break a law knowingly. This is unfair because if you didn't mean to break the law you shouldn't have to be treated like you meant to vialate the law.

Law 218: If a surgeon has operated with a bronze lancet on a free man for a serious injury, and has caused death...his hands shall be cut off.

Extreme punishments

Some of the punishments are a little to extreme for the crime that was committed. In Babylonia small crimes are given severe punishments. Whether you have to pay or a you have to face physical pain it isn't fair that a small crime causes such hardships, pain, and in some cases death.

Law 129: If a married lady is caught [in adultery] with another man, they shall blind them and cast them into the water.

The worst law

One of the worst laws is that if a child is born deformed they shall be killed. It is not the child's fault that they look a certain way and it is certainly not fair that peopel should be able to kill a kid who can't even help what they look like.

The unjust laws of Hammurabi

Hammarabi's laws were unfair and full of flaws. 1) They were based upon social class which isn't fair to people of a lower class that they had to be punished more severely. 2) The laws were the same for someone who didn't mean to break the law and someone who did. The people who accidentally broke the law are being treated like people who meant to break the rules. 3) The punishment weren't fair because they were to vicious to people who broke small laws. The punishments did t fit the crime that was committed. Hammarabi probably shouldn't have been so harsh on his community and should have made the punishments a little more flexible.