For questions about the application of mental or physical suffering, usually without the intent to kill.

Torture is the creation of mental or physical suffering, often without the intent to kill, over a period of time. In modern times, torture is considered by many to be unlawful and unethical, but historically, it has been used regardless of ethical or moral concerns. It is often used for one of three reasons:

  1. Interrogation, or the extraction of information by force
  2. Punishment for a crime or misdeed (at least in the eyes of the torturer)
  3. Gratification, or the satisfaction of the desire to harm others

Questions with this tag should tread lightly, as this topic is still being discussed in the real world.