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ETHICS CASE STUDY: What are the options available before you? Examine their merits and demerits, and choose the best course of action explaining reasons.

Topic:  Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics; ethics in private and public relationships

9) Your son has just returned from Germany after completing his higher studies. Unlike past, these days he is more aloof and conservative. He talks less with you and other family members. He is always busy with his computer. He now and then tells you that he is looking for a job in a foreign country. One day you happen to get access to his computer when he is not at home. To your shock you find  that he is in touch with terrorists in Middle East and is planning to join them soon to train as a suicide bomber. His email conversations reveal that he is already taken part in several terrorist attacks by providing necessary online support to such missions. If he is found guilty by Indian courts, he will be sentenced to life or he might be put to death. You are scared to talk to your son and confront him. You have lived a respectful and dignified life. Your family members and neighbours respect you and your family a lot. Not able to withhold this information, you reveal your son’s activities to your wife. She tells you that it is better to commit suicide than having such a son at home who would bring shame to her family. As per the information gathered by you, your son will leave the country within few days.

What are the options available before you? Examine their merits and demerits, and choose the best course of action explaining reasons. (200 Words)

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