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IIT Bombay team argues its way to a win

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Ninth edition of National Law School Debate concludes

triumph: Vaibhav P., Pranay Bhatia and Shobhit Singhal celebrate their win.
triumph: Vaibhav P., Pranay Bhatia and Shobhit Singhal celebrate their win.

The IIT Bombay team was declared winnerof the 9th edition of the National Law School Debate held on Wednesday. Bangalore's R.V. College of Engineering (RVCE) team was the runner-up.

The theme for the finals was Law and Order and the debate proposal was that there shall not be heavier punishments for hate crimes. The topic was based on the recent assaults on Indians in Australia.

The IIT Bombay team, which was in the quarterfinals in the 8th edition of the competition, successfully opposed the proposal and RVCE team argued in favour.

The IIT Bombay team comprising Vaibhav P, Pranay Bhatia and Shobhit Singhal argued that the Government should increase the quantum of punishment for those indulging in hate crimes and simultaneously work out ways of resolving the root cause for resentment.

“Intolerance should not be tolerated,” said Mr. Bhatia, who was also adjudged as the best speaker.

Arguing in favour of the proposal, the RVCE team, also runner-up in the 8th edition, said increasing the quantum of punishment would not help address the social problem of resentment.

“People should be in jail for committing a crime and not a hate crime,” said Aashay Sahay. Other members of the RVCE team were Prasun Bhaiya and Karthik Sivaraman. Sixty teams participated in the competition that began on November 6.

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