Meaning of Reprieve

cancellation or postponement of a punishment

synonyms: stay of execution · remission · pardon · amnesty · continuance

Recently I read in the newspaper that two minor boys in Ulhasnagar (Maharashtra) was paraded naked by shopkeepers after they caught the boys stealing food items from a shop. I was angry and shocked to see this type of brutality happen even in this generation. People stood and watched this happen instead of going and stopping this atrocious act from happening. They should have voiced out and stopped these stupid shopkeepers from committing such a crime. This is the link to this news clip.

Seeing that no one came to help, the mother of one of the kids gathered her strength to go and complain to the police, thank god the police did the right thing by not giving the shopkeepers Reprieve and arresting them immediately.