Srimad Bhagavatam Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 37

Śrīmad Bhāgavatam
Canto 1 Chapter 7 Text 37


sva-prāṇān yaḥ para-prāṇaiḥ
prapuṣṇāty aghṛṇaḥ khalaḥ
tad-vadhas tasya hi śreyo
yad-doṣād yāty adhaḥ pumān

A cruel and wretched person who maintains his existence at the cost of others’ lives deserves to be killed for his own well-being, otherwise he will go down by his own actions.