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Mere enhancement of sentence may not help in rape cases

Posted on: May 2, 2011

Delhi additional sessions judge Kamini Lau is not the first person to suggest more stringent punishment to the rapists. The issue has agitated the minds of the politicians, judicial officers and the public at large alike from time to time. There is a spate of demands for dealing with the rapists more harshly whenever the nation’s conscience is pricked by the crime committed in a macabre manner or the victim is a minor. BJP leader Sushma Swaraj once advocated, as did others, death sentence for the crime of rape.
Judge Kamini Lau has noted with a tinge of regret that the issue has never been subjected to a serious national debate. Sentencing a man to ten years’ rigorous imprisonment for raping for four years his 15-year-old step daughter, the judge said, “A full public debate, with regard to imposition of castration (both surgical and chemical) as an alternative punishment for the offence of rape and molestation, is the need of the hour.”
Laudable though the idea of enhanced sentence is, that itself will not do in India where a feudal mindset of the people, a corrupt and inefficient police force and the colonial judicial process only aggravate the trauma of the victim rather than trying to assuage her hurt. The conviction rate in the rape cases is dismally low.
Even if the prescribed sentence is five years’ rigorous imprisonment (instead of the present ten years’) but a full-proof system is enforced to complete the hearings within a few months from the date of lodging the complaint, that will be a greater deterrent than providing for death sentence after a prolonged hearing which may last ten years. The victim is made to suffer humiliation every day of the procrastinated court hearings.
It will help if the law is amended to provide a minimum of five years’ rigorous imprisonment to the police officer(s) who refuses to register promptly the complaint of a rape victim.


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I have a different opinion. Yes the punishment has to be changed but why these things happen in the first place.
If you read about ‘Ted Bundy’ – a serial rapist & killer in USA his last words were – “you can kill me , but what about the pornography which is there open in the socety”
you may get it on Wiki, there is a full page about him.
So we should remove the Cause of such crimes in the first place. Porn related stuff should be filtered from Net, A grade movies should be banned. This is happeining in China & since our population is more closer to China we can find solution in there.
This is my opinion


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